A fatal work-related poisoning by hydrogen sulfide: report on a case

Riccardo Rossi, Massimo Lancia, Laura Panata, Verdiana Tondi, Luigi Carlini, Mauro Bacci

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Abstract

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a colorless and potentially deadly gas that may cause rapid loss of consciousness and respiratory depression without warning. Although occupational exposure to H2S and the medical management of H2S-associated toxicity are widely established, it remains a problem in the sour gas industry and in other industrial settings, predominantly in new workers. In this article, the authors report a fatal case of a factory worker who died after breathing in H2S while undertaking a task that he was not trained to perform. Toxicological assessment supported by autopsy findings and circumstantial data was essential to clarify the cause of death, determined as H2S poisoning. This case emphasizes the need to develop work safety initiatives, improve on-the-job training, and introduce more consciousness to put on protective equipment for workers; indeed, correct training and education for workers regarding safety in the workplace may help to reduce worker fatalities.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)315-317
Numero di pagine3
RivistaTHE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
Volume34
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013

Keywords

  • hydrogen sulfide poisoning
  • thiosulfate
  • work-related death
  • workplace safety

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