Prolonged exposure to these toxic fumes can cause long-term health problems, primarily from hydrogen sulfide poisoning
, associated with chronic headaches, short attention spans, memory problems, and decreased motor function.
This chapter covers topics such as asphyxiates, pulmonary irritants, smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide, cyanide and hydrogen sulfide poisoning
, and tear gas.
A fatal case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning
in a geothermal power plant.
It has also been suggested that hydrogen sulfide poisoning
played a role.
While the company's safety managers were aware of the hazards and existence of the gas near the hydrolyzers and took steps to protect workers, "Tyson Foods did not take sufficient steps to implement controls or protective equipment to reduce exposure within prescribed limits or provide effective training to employees on hydrogen sulfide gas at the Texarkana facility despite an identical exposure, resulting in hydrogen sulfide poisoning
of an RVAF Texarkana employee in March 2002," the D.
Concentrated hydrogen sulfide was detected in the tank and the police believe hydrogen sulfide poisoning
caused the three to collapse and drown.
It has become increasingly apparent over the last several years that workers who have died in manholes, sewers, and other chambers, have not died from asphyxiation, but from hydrogen sulfide poisoning
The men were taken to a hospital, where Masau Iwaki, 61, died, the police said, pointing to hydrogen sulfide poisoning
as the possible cause.