A Cornish company could shortly be receiving several claims for personal injury compensation after 15 of its workers suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.
The food processing plant, which is owned by Riviera Produce, is preparing to deal with claims from personal injury solicitors for an incident that has been blamed on a suspected gas leak.
An ambulance had to be called to the plant after several employees complained of dizziness and nausea. However, when the ambulance arrived at the site, the two crew members also started to suffer symptoms and all 17 people had to receive treatment in hospital.
A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed that although the cause of the incident is not yet known, fire fighters were investigating whether a leak or a build up of carbon monoxide could have caused it.
If it is discovered that Riviera Produce was in some way to blame for the incident, the 17 victims will be well within their rights to lodge personal injury claims. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious complaint and if the victims do not get treatment, it can be fatal. It has been named as a silent killer because you can’t see, smell or taste it.
Companies have a duty of care to their employees to ensure all their gas appliances are checked regularly to prevent incidents like this one occurring.