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Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with use of LPG-powered (propane) forklifts in industrial settings - Iowa, 1998.
Comstock-RD; Currier-RW; Markiewicz-KV; Welke-RL; Quinlisk-MP; Greiner-TH
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2000 Jan; 283(3):331-332
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; Warehousing; Ventilation
RD Comstock, Iowa Department Public Health, Des Moines, IA 50319
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Association
IA; GA; OH
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division