KAW Services worker suffocates and later dies, leaving friends and co-workers devastated

PLEASANT VALLEY, Mo. -- Tragedy struck at a metro business on Wednesday when a man suffocated on the job. The man was working at Kaw Services, a tanker service business.

The man in his 40s was rushed to the hospital at about noon where he was pronounced dead. FOX 4’s Megan Brilley spoke with friends of the victim who all said everyone is like family, and they are devastated over this loss.

First responders arrived following a call that a man in his 40s was found unresponsive inside a truck tank. Friends of the employee, whose name hasn’t been released yet, say he was a veteran employee and was in the process of cleaning out a tank when he suffocated.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration showed up at the business a few hours later and began to investigate. Investigators will look into whether the tank's atmosphere was properly tested. OSHA will continue to investigate and will release what they find in the coming months.