Skip to comments.CDC: Language barrier caused chlorine gas leak [sickened nearly 200 people]
Posted on 12/06/2012 4:16:40 PM PST by grundle
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A chlorine gas leak that sickened nearly 200 people at a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas last year happened because a worker who couldn't read the English-language label on a barrel of chemicals inadvertently poured bleach into it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday.
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Here’s a point of general advice - if you don’t know what a chemical is, don’t pour a strong oxidiser like bleach into it.
At a Tyson chicken plant of all places...... Who would’a thunk it.....
I’m assuming the emp was African or Asian, because EVERYTHING these days in the US has Espanol text. Unless he was an illiterate Hispanic.
Chances are, the guy has no idea what an “oxidizer” is, and hell, probably not what bleach is either. lol
“Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson told The Associated Press the worker who mixed the chemicals speaks English as his primary language and was able to read the label, but didn’t.”
foreigners and politicians and democrats are chewing on my hemorrhoids. they will git us all killed for sure
No sympathy here, You reap what you sow.
That’s very possible. In my career I witnessed many highly paid union factory employees do stupid stuff, including 2 deaths.
That stuck out to me as well. Tyson’s defense is that they didn’t hire an illiterate, they hired an idiot.
Considering their trade with the Yankees, I’ll bet Tyler Chicken has even bigger issues.
I’ve never seen one of those labels printed in fewer than 3 languages. And even if he couldn’t read, he should at least have seen the symbols on it. This sounds like a very flimsy excuse.
Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident.”
It wasn’t the non-English-speaker, it was the idiot.
I guess that does shift blame from Tyson’s to the employee.
This is Tyson, they pretty much only hire muslims.
Amazing numbers of Somalis and similar popping up in the US.
Notice that he lived through it ~ the chemical terms on the label, etc. are the same in all languages.
I would guess Sabotage. Then again, human stupidity may be more vast than the Universe...
This was an Arkansas situation, so you’ll never see a highly paid union employee do anything at all there.
UAW guys with 30 yrs experience can be just as stupid as any fresh off the boat Somali, I’m sure, LOL.
Bet he had no difficulty voting for his Dear Leader. He’s killing us twice, chemistry 001; and his choice of candidates.
ain’t diversity el grande?
.... Well .... apparently the solution to this type of incident.... in this new America of ours ... is to pass a law making sure that the name of the item is printed in bold AND easy to read letters in ALL 6873 of the world languages on the package. See... problem solved!!!
..... Of course this would be mandatory for all manufacturers to do under either a stiff penalty of fine, imprisonment, or death. And left up to the manufacturer to figure up how it will be done .... but mandatory nonetheless.
It is already the law that all hazardous chemicals that are in the workplace need to have clear labels and information about them is available to any employees who work with them in a language they understand.
Would you do it any differently if you wanted to run a safe facility?
Just had a discussion with one of my sons this evening about how you have a building and people have been working there for years and they have no idea where the toilets are ~ they know how to get there but they really have no understanding of where those toilets are in respect to everything else.
I've gone into buildings where the battery room was on the wall adjacent to a major toilet facility. Sure, they had the blow out wall to the exterior, which would minimize back pressure to the main wall, but just beyond that thin concrete block shell, there were toilets ~ with people with their britches down around their ankles ~ anything happen they wouldn't be able to run.
Absolutely no one in these buildings had ever noticed that ~ then one day a facilities guy was doing survey and the condition popped up ~ we all had a great laugh ~ which why we were out there taking notice of the problem because fixing it was going to cost like the dickens!!!!
BTW, industrial facilities with powered pallet jacks need to have a battery room for recharging the batteries. The basic design is on the other side of an outside wall, with a clear area beyond the shelter. Batteries generate hydrogen when being charged so you want to mitigate any damage from an explosion.
The story has relevance to this story ~ the company kept the dangerous stuff in a different room, but they also had other dangerous stuff in the other room. Someone, for what undoubtedly seemed a very good reason at the time, mixed contents of the two rooms.
Obviously the guy didn't read the label because, after all, none of that stuff was supposed to be in that room!
Just like backing your battery room up to the toilets! Eventually something will happen ~ always does!
..... Would you do it any differently if you wanted to run a safe facility?
..... Yes ... indeed it is a law.... but that is obviously woefully inadequate ... therefore, as mentioned in my comment ... the government of the compassionate New America must now make haste and pass an extension of that law law requiring that ALL 6873 of the world languages be printed on the package. It's the only right thing to do!!
< / Sarcasm >