31-Year-Old Ohio Worker Died from Exposure to Manure Gas
Vickery, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - A 31-year-old worker found unresponsive on a Vickery farm was overcome by exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas from the pig manure he loaded into trailers for use as fertilizer. Federal investigators determined his death was caused by inhalation of the gas which is rapidly absorbed by the lungs.
"Symptoms from overexposure to hydrogen sulfide gas can come on rapidly and quickly overcome a worker," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "The agriculture industry needs to educate its employees that the foul odors that come with manure spreading are not just unpleasant they are unsafe and can be deadly. It is imperative that farm workers are protected from inhaling these gases."
In its investigation, OSHA determined W. E. Soil Enhancement should have:
Provided engineering controls and respiratory protection to protect workers from exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas.
OSHA has proposed penalties of $16,800. View current citations here*.
The Bellevue-based company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Toledo, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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