11 Workers Exposed to Carbon Monoxide at Rockville Business
Authorities say six people were hospitalized
Six workers were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after inhaling carbon monoxide as they installed commercial ovens for the opening of a Rockville bakery, according to authorities.
Renovations are underway at 804 Hungerford Drive so the bakery, Fresh Baguette, can move into the space formerly occupied by Banner Glass, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said. Exhaust from a truck that was pouring concrete and fumes from an oven whose ventilation system hadn't been hooked up probably combined to increase carbon monoxide levels in the building, he said.
A supervisor contacted authorities around noon after workers standing on ladders grew lightheaded, Piringer said. Six workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution, but none were suffering from life-threatening conditions, he said. Another five people were evaluated and declined transportation to the hospital.
Update - Hungerford Dr, 11 patients evaluated, 5 transported, 6 refused, All NLT exposure to CO, HazMat crews OS assessing CO levels in bldg pic.twitter.com/w1YTyEKGx8— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) January 4, 2017
Media Info Line 240.777.2442 - ICYMI (12N) 6 transported w/ CO exposure (from idling vehicle & oven vent) @ Fresh Baguette, in Rockville pic.twitter.com/FPilvCtTYf— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) January 4, 2017