Welder overcome by carbon monoxide

A worker welding in a barge became sickened by carbon monoxide, may 2, 2014. (Photo: Branford Fire Department)
A worker welding in a barge became sickened by carbon monoxide, may 2, 2014. (Photo: Branford Fire Department)

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man working on a barge in Branford is recovering from exposure to carbon monoxide.

The man, who has not been identified, was welding inside a barge at Bruce and Johnson’s Marina when the CO got to him.

“The worker had been removed from the barge and was disoriented and confused upon fire department arrival,” Fire Chief Jack Ahern said in a news release.

Readings taken from inside the barge showed a CO level of 30 parts per million, “which is enough to cause serious illness and even death,” the fire department said.

There apparently wasn’t proper ventilation, the fire department said.

The worker was given oxygen on the scene and then taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

OSHA is also investigating the incident.

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