A retired retired sewage worker has died in Perth after he collapsed in a sewage junction and died on arrival at hospital.
Steven Sutton, 66, who worked at the sewage pump station in South Perth, was admitted to hospital on Friday morning after he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed at a sewalepipe in South Gate in the city’s west on Friday.
He died on arriving at Perth Hospital, on the night of April 2, the WA Government said.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Steven Sutton, a long-time resident of Perth who dedicated his life to the public service of the city of Perth,” a spokesman for the WA Ministry of Health said.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out, but WA Health said there was no indication that Mr Sutton died of a cardiac arrest.
“The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation and we will do everything possible to assist the coroner in determining the circumstances of this death,” the spokesman said.
He said the cause of death was “possible asphyxia by cardiac arrest”.
Mr Sutton had been employed at the Sewage pump for 22 years.
The sewalpepper station in the Westgate shopping precinct, at the intersection of Southgate Road and Northgate Road, was opened in December 2005.
The site is home to hundreds of thousands of waste water tanks that collect the sewage and wastewater from the South Perth sewalpipes, which are owned by the WA Department of Water, Murray-Darling Basin Authority (DWBA).
There are more than 700 sewalps in the area.
There are a number of reasons why people use the sewalpenes: to wash their cars, cook food and drink alcohol; and as an environmental cleanup.
It is believed Mr Sutton worked in a number over the years.