On May 20, the District of Columbia Fire Department reported that nine people were sickened by carbon monoxide at the National Press Building and sent to area hospitals.
According to officials, 27 people were evaluated after being exposed to carbon monoxide fumes. Lon Walls, a fire department spokesperson, reported that 10 construction workers were harmed while removing asbestos from the building. The carbon monoxide apparently built up from the power tools being used to remove the toxic chemical.
The Associated Press reported seven of the workers were taken to the hospital. Walls stated that the workers taken to hospitals appeared to be in stable condition. One construction worker was seriously affected, but is expected to survive.
Construction workers face one of the most dangerous working environments. Between using dangerous commercial equipment and the potential hazard of being exposed to asbestos, construction workers must be safe at all times.
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