Officials Investigating School Worker’s Death
Details of the Plymouth School Investigation
Nine public safety employees were also transported to the hospital Monday afternoon along with another school employee after complaining of illness and symptoms including throat and eye irritation.
The Boston Globe indicates that the fatality may have been a school custodian, reporting that the wife of a custodian claimed that she had received notification of her husband’s death.
Investigations are ongoing, but an early analysis suggested chemical levels in the building were very low. Additional analysis is being conducted.
Hazardous Chemical Statistics
- According to the World Health Organization, developments in industry, agriculture, and transportation have resulted in increased use of hazardous chemicals.
- As a result, 47,000 people die every year due to the acute and chronic effects of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
- Many poisonings involve children and adolescents who come in contact with chemicals that are not stored or handled properly.
- An increased focus has been placed on heavy metals such as lead and mercury, polychlorinated biphenyl, and pesticides.