WORKER SUFFERS RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION!!!

June 10, 1998

Just recently, Eugene Albright,a Linde/Praxair worker, was removing a heavy-duty door frame in Building 14. He was using a cutting torch to remove the frame in sections. No radiation protective gear was worn by the employee because this area was supposed to be decontaminated. At the end of the day, Albright picked up his tools and left. Later, it was discovered that the debris that was left behind was radioactive. The next morning, all of the debris had been removed and the area cleaned up. Now, the doorway is boarded up and roped off with radiation warning signs posted.

When Albright came to work the next workday, he was directed to report to have readings taken on his clothing and self. It was found that his clothing had been contaminated. Also, he had worn these clothes home, thereby possibly contaminating his family. At present, the Union is trying to get a report on how much radiation the worker was exposed to. Latest information is that the employee was given a test kit to obtain a urine sample. This will determine how much radiation was absorbed by the employee. We will be anxiously awaiting to see what kind of a "spin" will be put on this story by L/P officials. We note again that this area of Building 14 was supposedly decontaminated.

This also brings up another point - why were mandatory physicals required in the past? It would appear that this was undoubtedly done to monitor any radioactive contamination of the workers either by inhalation or ingestion of the radioactive dusts present at the worksite. If so, this was done without the workers' knowledge.

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