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OSHA issues carbon monoxide warning

30-Jan-2013

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging employers to protect workers from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Seventeen people were hospitalised last year at a food processing plant due to a carbon monoxide leak believed to be from a forklift truck .

Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment and tools in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation,” said OSHA.

The agency added employers should install a ventilation system, avoid the use of fuel-burning equipment in enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces and use detectors in areas of concern.

Sources can include gas generators, power tools, compressors, pumps, welding equipment, space heaters and furnaces.

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