Perspectives: Field Notes

Worker Safety: Fight Fatalities

An all-too-common failing fosters disregard of basic safety rules

By Dirk Willard, Contributing Editor
Sep 11, 2015

I remember a hydrochloric acid accident at a Millennium Inorganic Chemicals plant about 18 years ago that injured four men; one later died. Although I wasn’t involved in the investigation, I suspect that safety practices, such as the wearing of appropriate safety gear and hazard communication, weren’t exactly textbook. Unfortunately, a similar situation occurred recently.

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