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Carbon Monoxide – The Injury You Cannot See






What if your Supervisor doesn’t listen when you tell him/her you are sick or injured? That was exactly the case with a group of potential clients I spoke with this morning. The Supervisor couldn’t see the injury so he didn’t believe there was one.

The employees reported that they were all feeling dizzy, short of breath and that something “wasn’t right”. The Supervisor basically shrugged it off and told them to keep working because as far as he could see, they were fine.  It was one of the employees that finally called 911 after another co-worker passed out! When the ambulance and emergency personnel arrived; it was determined that all of the employees had Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from work, and as a result, they have all spent multiple days in the hospital! They are lucky to be alive.

Carbon Monoxide claims countless lives every year because people cannot detect there is a problem.
Mayoclinic.org describes Carbon Monoxide as the following:

Carbon monoxide poisoning is an illness caused by exposure to too much carbon monoxide — a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Too much carbon monoxide in the air you breathe can greatly diminish your ability to absorb oxygen, leading to serious tissue damage. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to death.Carbon monoxide is produced by appliances and other devices that generate combustion fumes, such as those that burn gas or other petroleum products, wood and other fuels. The danger occurs when too much carbon monoxide accumulates in a contained, poorly ventilated space.Although the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be subtle, the condition is a life-threatening medical emergency. Get immediate care for anyone who may have carbon monoxide poisoning.
So what should you look for? See the image below about symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. 
If you feel any of these symptoms, report it to your Supervisor immediately. If the Supervisor fails to act because he/she cannot see an injury; seek medical attention on your own immediately. It could save your life and the lives of your co-workers.

Blog posted by April Snow, Business Manager for the firm of Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC. Information in this blog should not be viewed as legal advise. For a free consultation and to speak with an Attorney, please call 602-532-0700 or 855-325-4781. You may also visit our website at www.workinjuryaz.com.