Investigation underway in death of contract worker at Henrico Water Reclamation Facility

An employee of electrical contractor Reuter Hanney, Inc. was found unresponsive while working at the Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility at approximately noon on Tuesday, April 3. The employee was transported to a local hospital and did not survive.

Detectives with the Henrico Police Division responded to the scene Tuesday and are conducting a death investigation. Staff members with Virginia Occupational Safety and Health also were onsite Tuesday; their investigation is ongoing. Henrico’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is assisting with the investigations.

DPU Director Chip England said that an employee at the Water Reclamation Facility joined a second employee from Reuter Hanney and performed CPR in an attempt to revive the unresponsive worker until emergency medical technicians with the Henrico Division of Fire arrived at the scene.

“Henrico County Public Utilities is deeply saddened by the loss of life,” England said. “Our thoughts are with the worker’s family and friends at this difficult time, and with his coworkers at Reuter Hanney.”

England noted that grief counselors have been available at the Water Reclamation Facility to meet with employees.

Additional information will be available pending completion of the investigations.

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