One hundred fifty Tyson Foods employees were injured at a chicken processing plant after an accident caused toxic Chlorine gas to be released, according to a December 6, 2012 NPR news article. This accident took place one and a half years ago, but the effects still linger.

One employee poured sodium hypochlorite, a very strong bleach, into a drum of antimicrobial acid. As a result, chlorine gas was emitted causing 600 workers to be evacuated. This gas caused 116 plant workers to have asthma symptoms four months after the accident. Additionally, some workers had a form of posttraumatic stress disorder. Two months after that, there were still three workers who had severe asthma.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that this accident could have been prevented because the worker responsible for mixing the two liquids that reacted to form the toxic gas “had limited English skills.” Consequently, he could not read the labels on his drum left at his workplace. Tyson Foods refuted the CDC report’s claim that the worker did not understand English, but it is known that English is not the primary language of many of the plant’s employees. Still, the accident could have been prevented. Hopefully, the plant will add Spanish and Marshallese signs so that no chemical accident or other type of accident occurs in the future.

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