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MEP claims more deaths from carbon monoxide than skincancer or Aids

By: Martin Banks. The Parliament.com  On: 09-02-2013 13:58  (12397 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

British MEP Linda McAvan has called for increased awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide, warning it is a "bigger killer" than Aids and skin cancer.

Her demand comes after 23 people were taken to hospital after they became unwell at a Catholic youth movement meeting in Antwerp at the weekend. They were treated for the effects of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which is thought to have escaped from the heating system into the hall.

The Second UK Dash for Gas

- A Faustian Bargain
By: Automatic Earth  On: 26-12-2012 13:04  (11973 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

The UK is set to embark on its second dash for gas. The first, beginning in the early 1990s, occurred when gas was first permitted to be used for power generation. Prior to that it had been considered a premium fuel too valuable to be used in this way. The regulatory change initiated a substantial building programme for combined cycle gas plants, fuelled by North Sea gas. Very quickly gas generation became a major component of baseload in the UK, despite warnings that North Sea gas was a temporary bonus and its depletion would leave a structural dependency on Russian gas.

Gas victim reconnected condemned boiler

By: Robin Whitlock  On: 31-10-2012 18:07  (15928 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

A Derbyshire victim of carbon monoxide poisoning reconnected his condemned boiler because his house was too cold.

Stephen Newton, 52, of Stanley Common, Derbyshire, had been informed in May 2008 by an E.ON employee that his boiler was ‘immediately dangerous’ and it was therefore disconnected. Mr Newton told his partner, Susan Davies, that he would ‘sort it out’ but the boiler was not repaired or replaced despite Mr Newton’s landlady being informed. In October 2009, some 17 months later after the visit by the E.ON employee, Mr Newton reconnected the boiler himself as the weather grew colder and in response to the gas fire ceasing to operate.

Shaw explosion: Man charged with manslaughter

By: BBC News  On: 12-09-2012 21:39  (8301 Reads)
BBC NEWS

A man has been charged with manslaughter after a suspected gas explosion killed a two-year-old in Greater Manchester.

More info click on link

Couple exposed to carbon monoxide for 5 years in home built by Taylor woodrow

By: Borehamwood and Elstree Times  On: 16-07-2012 23:32  (4336 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

A couple who have been exposed to carbon monoxide for the last five years because of a faulty boiler flue claim the home builders have put their lives at risk.

Doreen and Gerald Lee, of Winthorpe Gardens, Borehamwood, found out last Tuesday that levels of the deadly gas in their house were “through the roof”.

Their home was built by Taylor Wimpey five years ago, but a “wrongly installed” boiler flue only came to light when they came to check the property last week.

Family poisoned by deadly carbon monoxide fumes in Tolworth

By: Kingston Guardian  On: 16-07-2012 21:58  (4627 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

Five people were taken to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning when fumes from a leaking boiler infected a block of flats in Surbiton.

Residents in flats in Tolworth Rise North called emergency services after they started to feel ill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Isabelle Harris killed by CO from barbecue inquest hears

By: Mail Online Inderdeep Bains  On: 06-07-2012 07:22  (8350 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

I leaned to kiss my girl in the tent. I knew then that she wasn't right: Tearful mother tells of night fumes from barbecue killed her daughter

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Tenant killed by carbon monoxide leak from condemned boiler, inquest is told

By: Derby Telegraph  On: 12-06-2012 23:15  (6165 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

A TRANSPORT manager was found dead on his 51st birthday after being overcome by carbon monoxide from a condemned boiler he had tried to fix.

Stephen Newton and his partner Susan Davies were discovered by concerned friends in the lounge of their home on December 29, 2009.

Mr Newton was dead but paramedics managed to keep Miss Davies alive.

1 in 400 houses Merseyside found to have dangerous levels of CO

By: ITV News  On: 24-05-2012 21:55  (4530 Reads)
INDUSTRY NEWS

Summary of Merseyside Fire Service Study. Be interesting to have a breakdown of what types of appliances were causing high levels of CO.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5j87Q5x3MH-mIEGxhE6KdfmUmkuxw?docId=N0311761337871657669A(external link)

slightly different info here but >50ppm was common. Doesn't say because of what type of appliances and for what duration but if not triggering CO alarms could not be for that long.

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