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Document ID (ISN)103193
CIS number 04-154
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hendrickson R.G., Chang A., Hamilton R.J.
Title Co-worker fatalities from hydrogen sulfide
Bibliographic information Apr. 2004, Vol.45, No.4, p.346-350. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that can cause rapid loss of consciousness and respiratory depression without warning. There have been cases of hydrogen sulfide poisoning among workers in numerous industries. This article presents the results of a review of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for the 52 occupational deaths related to hydrogen sulfide recorded between 1993 and 1999. Deaths were most commonly reported in workers who were white (85%), male (98%) and in their first year of employment with the company (48%). Common industries included waste management, petroleum and natural gas. In 21% of cases, a co-worker died simultaneously or in the attempt to save others. Proper training and education on the warning signs of hydrogen sulfide may help reduce worker fatalities.
Descriptors (primary) poisoning; occupational accidents; causes of accidents; fatalities; hydrogen sulfide
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; analysis of accident causes; male workers; safety training in industry; waste disposal; petroleum and natural gas industry; length of service
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic sulfur compounds
Inorganic substances