Hydrogen sulfide is one of the most dangerous toxic gases that has led to the deaths in confined spaces of many workers. We report an atypical case of a fatal accident of H2S poisoning in an open space when two workers dide during the opening of a hatch on a tanker truck filled with leachate water. Despite being utdoors, the two workers, were suddenly and quickly overhelmed by a lethal cloud of H2S,which escaped like a geyser from the hatch and hovered over the top of the tanker making it impossible for them to survive. the first operator was engulfed by the sudden flow of lethal gas near the hatch while the second worker, who came to his aid, immediately lopst consciousness and fell off the tanker onto the ground. Environmental toxicological analyses were carried out on the air near the hatch and inside the tanker 2h, 20 days and 70 days after the accident. Toxicological analyses on the blood were also carried out but unfortunately, no urine samples was available. The thiosulfate, detected by GC/MS analysis after derivatization of PFBBr, was found to be 0.01 and 0.04mM/L. These values are included in the medium-low lethal values of occupational fatalities involving H2S reported in the literature.

Lethal Hydrogen Sulfide poisoning in open space: an atypical case of asphyxiation of two workers

Lucia Aventaggiato
Supervision
;
Anna Pia Colucci
Data Curation
;
Giuseppe Strisciullo
Membro del Collaboration Group
;
Roberto Gagliano-Candela
Membro del Collaboration Group
2020-01-01

Abstract

Hydrogen sulfide is one of the most dangerous toxic gases that has led to the deaths in confined spaces of many workers. We report an atypical case of a fatal accident of H2S poisoning in an open space when two workers dide during the opening of a hatch on a tanker truck filled with leachate water. Despite being utdoors, the two workers, were suddenly and quickly overhelmed by a lethal cloud of H2S,which escaped like a geyser from the hatch and hovered over the top of the tanker making it impossible for them to survive. the first operator was engulfed by the sudden flow of lethal gas near the hatch while the second worker, who came to his aid, immediately lopst consciousness and fell off the tanker onto the ground. Environmental toxicological analyses were carried out on the air near the hatch and inside the tanker 2h, 20 days and 70 days after the accident. Toxicological analyses on the blood were also carried out but unfortunately, no urine samples was available. The thiosulfate, detected by GC/MS analysis after derivatization of PFBBr, was found to be 0.01 and 0.04mM/L. These values are included in the medium-low lethal values of occupational fatalities involving H2S reported in the literature.
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