Tag Archives: h2s

Danger underestimated in manure pits

Below is an excellent article on the dangers of methane asphyxiation. According to Colleen Kottke of www.wisfarmer.com It’s a tragic tale that has become all too common. A farm worker enters a manure pit to perform a simple maintenance task; probably one he’s done many times before. Only this time he is overcome by the deadly gases released during composition of ...

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Workman killed by fumes in sewer

Source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/   The men were working up to 20 feet below ground   One workman has died and another was seriously ill after being overcome by fumes while working in a sewer. The men, employees of the drainage and cleaning company DrainTech, were working up to 20ft below ground in a housing estate in Portmarnock, Co Dublin when the ...

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Man dies after helping co-worker at Douglasville refinery- Video reports

Source: KSB-TV Atlanta DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — A Douglas County plant has reopened after a deadly refinery accident Wednesday. Officials say they’ve taken care of the problem, but residents told Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes they’re concerned dangerous gas is still around. Hydrogen sulfide leaked at the Asphalt Refinery and Technical Co., causing one man to go into cardiac arrest. He ...

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Chemical Suicide Study – San Diego Hazardous Incident Response Team

Published on Sep 30, 2013 by Hazmatter7 San Diego Hazardous Incident Response Team conducted a study to determine the hazards associated with a chemical suicide called “Detergent Suicide.” One of the main findings for responder safety is that it did not reach the lower explosive limit for hydrogen sulfide gas, no matter how much reactants we added up to a ...

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Confined Space Rescue – Case Study – Part 3

Editors Note:  This is Part 3 of a multipart series of training points learned from an actual incident.   Click here for Part 1, and here for Part 2 of article, above is video of incident.   We start this article with a review and key points to consider.   On August 25, 2014 a worker entered a 3’x3’ entrance to an approximately ...

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HazMat Situational Awareness – Making sense of scent

It is not that we as hazmatters want to smell a chemical agent but that we as professionals better know what it smells like. Besides PPE problems such as suit breakthrough or poorly fitting mask another good reason to have an idea of the scents that are associated with the bad stuff is the valuable information we receive from our ...

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Confined Space Rescue – Case Study – Part 1

Editors Note: Confined space rescue is generally placed in the technical rescue discipline, however anybody that instructs or has been on confined space incidents knows that hazardous materials are involved, perhaps, more times than not.  This is Part 1 of a multipart series of training points learned from an actual incident.  Each training point aims to improve your response to ...

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