GA Man Dies after Helping Co-Worker

Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 01:04 PM gHale

After a co-worker went to the aid of a man suffering from a heart attack, one man died and three others sustained injuries in an asphalt refinery accident Wednesday.

The accident occurred at the Asphalt Refining and Technology Company in Douglas County, GA.

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The incident occurred when a worker went into cardiac arrest on a platform about 20 off the ground at the refinery. As workers were helping the victim, a vent somehow opened, which released hydrogen sulfide gas. One of the workers rendering aid ended up sprayed in the face by the gas and then fell 20 feet off of a platform.

The worker who fell off the platform later died. Three others, including the heart attack victim, ended up transported to the hospital.

Douglas County spokesperson Matthew Kent said, “There is no danger to the public at this time and all the air levels have tested normal.”

Hydrogen sulfide gas causes a wide range of health effects. Workers often end up primarily exposed to hydrogen sulfide by breathing it. The effects depend on how much hydrogen sulfide you breathe and for how long. Exposure to very high concentrations can quickly lead to death.

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