Hispanic carpet laborer overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.
NIOSH 2006 May; :1-6
The victim, a 25-year-old male carpet installer was part of a two-person crew installing carpets in a new residential home. Since electrical service had not yet been established they were using a gas-powered generator for power. Due to the extreme cold they did not open any windows or doors for ventilation. A neighbor noticed their work van was still at the house later in the evening and investigated. Upon finding the workers unconscious, he called emergency personnel. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Instruct employees in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe condition(s) in his/her work environment. 2. Establish an effective Written Injury Prevention Program & Safety Committee.
Region-7; 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; Safety-programs; Gases; Respiratory-protection; Exhaust-gases; Combustion-gases; Combustion-products; Combustion-engines
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
1752; NAICS-23552; NAICS-23
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor