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Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with the use of propane-powered forklifts in industrial settings - Iowa, 1998.

Authors
Comstock-RD; Currier-RW; Markiewicz-KV; Welke-RL; Quinlisk-MP; Greiner-TH
Source
MMWR 1999 Dec; 48(49):1121-1124
NIOSHTIC No.
20027443
Abstract
In 1998, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Department, with the assistance of local health departments, investigated a series of carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings associated with the use of liquified petroleum gas (LPG)-powered forklifts in light industry. In each episode, forklifts emitting high CO concentration levels were operated in inadequately ventilated warehouse and production facilities, which resulted in high CO accumulations. Employees at each site developed symptoms of CO poisoning, and some employees received inadequate or inappropriate medical care. This report summarizes the investigations and provides recommendations to prevent such incidents.
Keywords
Statistical-analysis; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Gases; Poisons; Poison-gases; Propanes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-poisons; Industrial-ventilation
CODEN
MMWRB6
CAS No.
630-08-0
Publication Date
19991217
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
49
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
IA; CO
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