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.