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Resource ID: #17940
Subject: Worker Safety
Source: Latino USA (KUT Radio/Univ. of Texas)
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Date: For broadcast April 27- May 3

Description

Latino USA reports on the poisoning of a 100 Hispanic workers at Brewster Heights Packing, a fruit factory in northern Washington state. While workers complained to supervisors about dizziness, headaches and actually vomited/fainted, they were told to continue working or be fired. Blood tests later revealed the workers suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning from fuel-burning forklifts and a lack of fresh air. While the Department of Labor and Industries issued a $4,000 fine, "no rules changed as a result of this accident." And while things remain the same at Brewster Heights, victims of the accident say 'nothing is the same' now in their lives.

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