The chlorine gas leak at the Tyson Foods plant in Springdale, Arkansas occurred on June 27, 2011. If you were injured as a result of exposure to this toxic chemical, the personal injury law firm Parker Waichman LLP would like to speak to you
Chlorine gas exposure can result in damage to moist tissues such as the eyes, throat and lungs. The Tyson Foods chlorine gas leak sent more than 100 employees to the hospital, and by mid-week, dozens remained hospitalized for respiratory issues, with some in intensive care.
Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP specializing in toxic exposure litigation have opened an investigation into the Tyson Foods chlorine gas leak. Victims of this accident may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our toxic exposure litigation attorneys are currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to anyone who was injured because of this incident. If you or a loved one were a victim of the Tyson Foods chlorine gas leak, we urge you to contact our toxic exposure lawyers today or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to make sure your legal rights are protected.
Tyson Foods Plant Chlorine Gas Leak
The chlorine gas leak at Tyson Foods’ Berry Street plant in Springdale, Arkansas was first noticed in the part of the building where fresh chickens are processed around 9:15 a.m. on June 27. Tyson officials said that chlorine gas is not used at the Berry Street plant, and blamed the accident on “human error.” They said the incident was the result of an accidental mixing of two chemicals, which produced the chlorine gas. Tyson officials would not say which two chemicals had been wrongly mixed.
About 300 employees of the Tyson Foods’ plant were evacuated due to the chlorine gas leak. Of those, 173 were taken to area hospitals. By the following day, at least 50 remained hospitalized, including 5 in intensive care who were listed in critical condition. Most of those hospitalized were dealing with respiratory issues.
According to its Material Safety Data Sheet, exposure to chlorine gas can result in respiratory tract burns, skin burns and eye burns. Short-term exposure to chlorine gas can also result in chest pain, difficulty breathing, headache, dizziness, hyperactivity, emotional disturbances, bluish skin color, lung damage, and death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), signs that person has been exposed to chlorine gas include:
- Chest tightness
- Burning sensation in the nose, throat, and eyes
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Burning pain, redness, and blisters on the skin if exposed to gas, skin injury similar to frostbite if exposed to liquid chlorine
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) within 2 to 4 hours
People with previous lung disease, smokers, and those with breathing problems are more sensitive to chlorine. People exposed to chlorine gas may suffer complications, including pneumonia, during treatment.