Shipyard workers exposed to cyanide, toxins for many years
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — An investigation has discovered that workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton were exposed to poisons like cyanide and chlorine, but it took seven years for shipyard managers to take action.
The Kitsap Sun reports KING-TV Investigators found that a waste water treatment facility was the subject of warnings and complaints about equipment and design failures before it opened in 2006.
Managers did not take serious measures to address the problems until 2013, by which time some workers had been sickened by the chemicals.
Former plant supervisor Kevin Albert says the workers’ subsequent medical problems “could have been prevented.”
Six medical professionals at Harborview and Group Health/Kaiser Permanente agreed.
Albert was diagnosed with occupational reactive airway disease, irritable larynx, vocal cord dysfunction as well as anxiety and depression.
Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/