October 27, 2015

Twenty Taylor Farms workers hospitalized after company tells employees to keep working amid spill

From the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
David White: dwhite@teamster.org // 202-624-6911

(TRACY, Calif.) – Workers at Taylor Farms in Tracy, Calif. were hospitalized yesterday after being told to return to work as a chemical spill took place inside the salad processing facility. When they complained about the overpowering fumes, a supervisor in charge instructed them to go back to work.

“As soon as I walked into work, there was a strong smell of chlorine,” said Guadalupe Leon, a worker at the facility. “I spoke to my crew lead but was told to keep working and put on the mask. Suddenly I felt overcome by the fumes from the chemicals and me and some of my coworkers had to go to the hospital. I don’t think the company really cares about us or our safety.” ... read more from Teamsters

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