• John Larrimer

OSHA Fines Toledo Bank For Carbon Monoxide Gas Leak

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Toledo bank $10,000 after several of its workers became sickened from carbon monoxide poisoning. An investigation revealed that a faulty heating system malfunctioned and led to a leak of the potentially fatal gas. Fortunately, everyone in the building was safely evacuated.

Although work accidents are common in occupations involving physical labor, stories such as this show they can happen in any type of work environment.

What Types of Work Injuries Are Caused by Gas Leaks?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide fumes can cause headache, dizziness, vomiting and chest pain. In some circumstances, exposure can cause a loss of consciousness and death. Some workers exposed to carbon monoxide will require hospitalization.

Traumatic brain injuries are also possible with carbon monoxide poisoning, as the brain does not receive oxygen. Workers may become permanently disabled from carbon monoxide leaks.

Employers can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure by installing battery-operated detectors that can warn of a gas leak. It is very important that employers regularly have heating systems and coal burning appliances serviced by technicians. In the case of the Toledo bank, a boiler was improperly installed and the dangerous situation could have been avoided with routine maintenance.

Workers who have been injured by gas leaks might have the option to receive workers’ comp benefits. Depending on the circumstances, workers might have additional options for compensation.

Our readers can follow Larrimer & Larrimer on Facebook for regular updates on what our workers’ comp firm is doing to help Ohio workers injured on the job. For more information on how to apply for workers’ compensation, please continue to explore our website.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLCHire Columbus Workers’ Comp Attorneys

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Returning to Work After Injury

Should I return to work light duty? If you are hurt on the job, your doctor may give you work restrictions. If those restrictions prevent you from returning to your normal duties, you may be entitled

How do I get paid after an Injury?

Workplace injuries can set you back Work injuries don’t just hurt physically, they often have a lasting financial impact. If you are hurt at work and the injury prevents you from returning to full dut

Hurt at work? What now?

When You Get Hurt on the Job If you suffer a workplace injury, it is important to notify your employer of the injury and seek treatment as soon as possible. While your injuries may resolve over time