Chemical Plant Workers
Working in chemical plants involves handling hazardous materials and operating complex equipment. Chemical plant workers face the risk of chemical exposure, explosions, fires, and toxic gas leaks. Unexpected hazards can arise from equipment malfunctions, chemical spills, or the potential for sabotage and industrial accidents. The chemical exposure risks faced by workers every day don’t just have acute effects. The long term impact on health and the health of future generations is a tragic testament to the realities of the work.
In addition to danger to workers, it can affect surrounding areas as well. One person recounts how it affected his family: “Imagine my surprise when I saw an article about my little hometown in The Intercept. The PFAS/PFOA thing is only the tip of the iceberg. My paternal aunt developed MS in her thirties and died of cancer in her forties; My maternal aunt died of breast cancer in her forties; My maternal grandfather, who worked at DuPont, battled various skin cancers until he passed from melanoma in his sixties, just a couple years after retiring; Two of my maternal uncles have had cancer, but are still living, both have worked there; My dad has thyroid issues and has had skin cancer removed; My mother had thyroid issues and died of colon cancer in December at 64, one year short of retirement; And I’ve already had skin cancer in my thirties.”