Worker dies after falling into Long Island sewer vat

November 2, 2011 4:07:07 AM PDT
Police are investigating the death of a man at a sewage treatment facility at an apartment complex on Long Island.

Police say a worker from United Cesspool Service had fallen into a sewer vat at the Avalon Commons apartment complex in Smithtown at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the worker, 43-year-old Richard Dennison, of Central Islip, was pulled out of the vat by officers from the Emergency Service Section. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say there is no criminality suspected and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be notified.