SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — OSHA is now investigating what caused 13 workers in Suffolk to have to go to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning on Thursday.
On Friday, 10 On Your side went back to the warehouse where it all took place and got a first-hand account of how it all played out.
As Chopper 10 flew above the Ark Group warehouse in Suffolk, a chaotic day unfolded for workers down below. A Suffolk City spokesperson said employees operated a forklift inside the building with the doors closed. But a source, who asked to not be identified, contradicts that report.
The source said the doors were open at the warehouse, but workers had been feeling odd all day. Some reported headaches, one woman stepped outside and fainted, which led to the first visit from paramedics around 2 p.m. Thirty minutes later, a man fell and hit his head, and medics were called again. This time, the source said, the building was evacuated, and an air quality test was performed.
The test confirmed the presence of elevated levels of CO2.
In total, 13 people went to the hospital. Rescue crews rushed eight workers by ambulance. The rest drove themselves.
10 On Your Side was told everyone was discharged on Thursday, but many were still home on Friday. That many people out of work is a hard hit for a place that produces furniture for companies like QVC.
WAVY.com was told OSHA investigators were on scene shortly after the incident, Thursday. We called several OSHA offices Friday and confirmed they are still in the process of gathering evidence, looking to see if any violations caused it.
An OSHA spokesperson said they have a six-month time frame to determine if there were any violations, and to issue a citation, if necessary.