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1 killed, another injured in Texas gas exposure incidents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year about 430 people die of carbon monoxide poisoning. The toxic gas is odorless and colorless, and often people are unaware of its presence until the damage is done. These accidents can occur in private residences, public environments and workplaces, and a good safety precaution is to install a carbon monoxide detector.

Unfortunately, two separate incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning occurred recently in San Marcos, Texas. The accidents happened within nine hours of each other, leaving one man dead and a construction worker injured.

The man who died was a manager at the A. E. Wood State Fish Hatchery. A private contractor had been hired to use gas-powered equipment to clean out a sump pump below ground. A press release from the City of San Marcos says the hatchery manager went to check on the progress of the work and didn't return for 40 minutes.

When employees found him, he was unconscious. They tried to revive him, but it was too late. He was declared deceased at the scene, and there was reportedly no carbon monoxide detector on the premises.

The other poisoning incident occurred at a private construction site, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely conduct an investigation. In this case, too, a carbon monoxide detector had not been installed. The worker was using equipment in a confined space, and he was overcome by the accumulation of gas. A hyperbaric chamber was being used to treat his injuries.

Gas exposure is a serious risk in many workplaces, and determining who is responsible for a gas-related accident can be a complicated matter. Sometimes the employer or the employer's insurance company is liable, and in other cases, a lawsuit against a third party may be the appropriate course of action. The bottom line is that employees are entitled to a reasonably safe work environment, and injured workers or their families deserve compensation for injuries and other costs resulting from a job-related accident.

Source: KVUE.com, "Carbon monoxide expected in two San Marcos accidents," Eleanor Beck July 30, 2014

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