For the second time in a month, there has been carbon monoxide exposure in a Canadian greenhouse. AMCO Produce, based in Leamington, Ontario, sent three workers to emergency on January 3 when they experienced poisoning symptoms. Management has confirmed that all workers have been released in good health.
At this time of year, greenhouses are being cleaned for the next crop with portable, gas-powered pressure washers.
On December 10, Windset Farms, based in Delta, British Columbia, sent 42 workers to hospital when poor ventilation resulted in a debilitating build-up of gas. All workers were released without injury.
Joseph Sbrocchi, general manager, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, confirmed that an alert was sent to its 200-plus members on January 4. “ Just a reminder that despite the frigid temperatures it is critical to ensure that adequate venting is provided whenever any combustion equipment is used in a confined space,” he said. “Worker safety must always be the top priority.