By Rich Kwon
(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – In the afternoon of July 9, Chatham-Kent Police were called to a business on Richmond Street, along with fire personnel and EMS, for an unconscious man and possible dangerous work conditions.
Two employees began feeling nauseous as a result of a propane powered forklift being operated in the work area. One of the men vomited and then fell to the floor and became unresponsive.
His co-worker was unable to wake him and called 911.
The workplace was evacuated and an air test was conducted, finding levels of hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, which caused the workers’ illness.
The two men were transported to hospital for observation and treated for the poisoning. The businesses in the area were evacuated and the scene was held for the Ministry of Labour to investigate further.