- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the 28-year-old man who fell into a large tank filled with chemical cleaning solution.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Eric L. Woollard, of Des Moines, remains at Mercy Hospital following his fall into a vat of chemical cleaner at Chemorse, Ltd. Information on his condition has not been released.

Officials say Woollard’s coworkers were able to help him out of the tank with a safety rope Thursday before rescue crews arrived at the Des Moines facility. They say Woollard was rinsed off before being transported to the hospital.

Authorities say they’re unsure how the man ended up in the cleaning solution.

Chemorse, Ltd. is a producer of pesticide enhancers and a distributor of industrial chemicals.


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