Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with the use of propane-powered forklifts in industrial settings - Iowa, 1998.
Comstock-RD; Currier-RW; Markiewicz-KV; Welke-RL; Quinlisk-MP; Greiner-TH
MMWR 1999 Dec; 48(49):1121-1124
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.
Statistical-analysis; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Gases; Poisons; Poison-gases; Propanes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-exposures; Industrial-poisons; Industrial-ventilation
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report