Take Action! Tell BP that Worker Health Comes Before PR!

BP Twitter LogoIn the wake of 9/11, we learned the hard way about the dangers of cleaning up disasters without protection. Police, firefighters, and cleanup workers descended into the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and many inhaled toxic ash. Over time that ash has caused major health problems for tens of thousands of people, and even caused some people to lose their lives.

Now, over 27,000 men and women are working to clean up BP’s toxic mix of oil and chemicals without any breathing protection. Not every single worker needs a respirator – it depends on the specifics of the situation – but many do. Already, cleanup workers have reported vomiting, nosebleeds, headaches, and chest pain.

But why are there workers who need respirators working without them?  One big reason is that BP, which is in charge of cleanup operations, feels that it is bad PR to have cleanup workers shown in the news wearing more safety equipment. Showing respirators highlights the true danger and horror of the situation, which BP is trying to downplay.

“We’ve been through this before,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. in an interview with MSNBC, referring to workers who helped clean up the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks. “Unlike at the World Trade Center, you have a private party who’s responsible and who should be covering the costs for all of this.”

Without immediate action, we could be watching history repeat itself in the Gulf Coast. First, eleven BP workers died when the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up. Now, over seventy workers are reportedly sick — with symptoms of chemical exposure to oil. If proper respirators are not provided to the workers who need them, we will definitely see the number increase in the coming weeks.  And we’ll be reading about the life-threatening side effects in the coming years.

Don’t let history repeat itself: Sign our petition demanding BP protect the men and women who are working to clean up BP’s toxic disaster!

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2 Responses to “Take Action! Tell BP that Worker Health Comes Before PR!”

  1. Janice Isley says:

    You have already shown neglect. Do not do further damage! Do everyone thing you can to keep the workers safe and clean up the ongoing gusher. ASAP Do you think we will forget in years to come?

  2. Lord, there was an incident in Iraq and many died. Our hearts are rent because one never knows if children will be involved. Life seems so throw-away in that area of the world. Please let the people in the entire region know that only You can love them as much as they need to be loved.

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