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CDC: Language barrier caused Tyson chlorine gas leak

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 6, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a chlorine gas leak at an Arkansas poultry plant last year that sickened nearly 200 people occurred because a worker couldn’t read English.

The CDC said in a report released Thursday that a Spanish-speaking worker at the Tyson Foods plant in Springdale knew not to mix sodium hypochlorite with an acid but couldn’t read the label on a container of chemicals that had been misplaced.

Tyson Foods disputes the report. Spokesman Gary Mickelson says the worker wasn’t Hispanic and that a language issue wasn’t to blame. He didn’t say why the accident happened.

The health agency recommends that U.S. industries take steps to better train workers and says warning labels should be tailored to workers’ languages and educational levels.

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Jackabbott says... December 6, 2012 at 1:42 p.m.

This is what happens when you not only break the law by hiring illegals but then not requiring then to read and write and speak English. This is not some 3rd world country where people communicate with their hands, noses and butts. Tyson has become a magnet for illegals and everyone in the state knows it. They would probably try to move the plants to Mexico if they could sneak in the tainted chickens or pay off the health inspectors. At one point Russia prevented import of their chickens because of health concers. Tyson needs to start acting and performing responsibly.

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JohnDoes says... December 6, 2012 at 2:23 p.m.

That Munewer is crazy>

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NoUserName says... December 6, 2012 at 3:18 p.m.

"says warning labels should be tailored to workers’ languages and educational levels."
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Much like the warning labels on my car dash are undecipherable objects? Great. Seriously, the low tire pressure indicator looks like an a$$. The dumbing down continues. And, if the report is accurate, Tyson should face serious fines. Having someone handle hazardous material who can't f'n read the label is damn near criminal.

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tgotech says... January 8, 2013 at 4:25 p.m.

Begin typing herTOXIC TRAIN SAFETY - A First Responders Petition caused The Chlorine Institute to conduct a five-month study comparing the safety of secondary containment to the chlorine “C”-Kit for chlorine tank cars. The study proved secondary containment to be, by far, the safest technology for containing and preventing releases of chlorine gas. To see secondary containment - search “CHLORTANKER.”e...

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