Carbon monoxide kills 65 year-old rancher in Colorado.
NIOSH 1991 Jun; :1-2
A 65 year-old rancher died inside a converted semi-truck trailer after being exposed to carbon monoxide from the exhaust of a portable gasoline engine-powered generator. The exhaust from the generator was vented to the outside with flexible ductwork placed through a small hole cut into the side of the trailer. On the night of the incident, the victim is thought to have pulled the generator away from the wall to refuel it, subsequently pulling the end of the exhaust tubing through the wall and into the trailer. The victim is thought to have pushed the generator back against the wall without noticing the displaced ductwork, started the generator and gone to bed to watch television. The victim was found by his wife the next morning when he failed to return home. The Colorado Department of Health investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Locate all gasoline-powered engines outside of any space utilized for work or living quarters; 2. Ensure that all users of gasoline powered engines are properly trained in their use and the hazards of carbon monoxide in a confined space; 3. Survey the work-site to identify hazards; 4. Inform all employees of possible hazards.
Region-8; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Construction; Confined-spaces; Gases; Poison-gases
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment