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E-M:/ October 12 Dow Worker Death will be Investigated

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

>Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 16:49:03 -0400 (EDT)
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>      WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 21, 1998) --- A fatal exposure to herbicide
>components in a Michigan factory will be studied by the U.S. Chemical
>Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), according to an announcement
>made today by Board Chairman Dr. Paul L. Hill, Jr.  The October 12th
>incident that killed one worker occurred at the Dow Chemical AgroSciences
>plant in Midland, Mich.
>      Initial reports indicate that the workerís hands and feet were
>exposed to 2,4-dichlorophenol and was undergoing decontamination when he
>suffered cardiac arrest.
>      The CSB will rely primarily on its review and evaluation of the
>investigation report that will be prepared by the Michigan Occupational
>Safety and Health Administration.  It will also seek reports prepared by
>any other investigating organizations.
>       The Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency with the
>mission of ensuring the safety of workers and the public by preventing or
>minimizing the effects of industrial and commercial chemical incidents.
>Congress modeled it after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB),
>which investigates aircraft and other transportation accidents for the
>purpose of improving safety.
>       Like the NTSB, the CSB is a scientific investigatory organization.
>CSB is responsible for finding ways to prevent or minimize the effects of
>chemical accidents at industrial facilities and in transport; the Board is
>not an enforcement or regulatory body.
>      CSB is currently reviewing or investigating 21 incidents in Arizona,
>Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana (2), Maryland,
>Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey (2), New York, Ohio (2), Oklahoma,
>Oregon, South Dakota and Washington State.
>                           -30-
>The Board reference number on this incident is 99-001-R-MI
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