Global Processing

Former Argentina plant workers sue DuPont

June 29, 2009
According to the Associated Press, three men who worked at a DuPont Co. nylon plant in Argentina sued the chemical manufacturer, claiming that it failed to protect them from asbestos that has left them seriously ill. The plaintiffs claim that DuPont has known of the dangers of asbestos exposure for decades but that workers at the plant in Mercedes, Argentina were exposed to the deadly substance as recently as 2004, before the plant was sold. Thomas Crumplar, an attorney representing the men, accused DuPont of a double standard, protecting workers in the United States from asbestos exposure while exporting the industrial danger to overseas workers. Crumplar said asbestos was used to insulate pipes in the plant, where significant heat was involved in the production of nylon. He noted, however, that DuPont eliminated asbestos at a nylon plant in Delaware in the early 1970s. According to the lawsuits, all three men suffer from asbestosis, a serious lung disease, and two also have asbestos-related cancers. DuPont spokesman Dan Turner issued a statement saying the company has not reviewed the filings and could not comment on details, but that the safety and health of its employees, neighbors and community is DuPont''s highest priority. Crumplar said he expects to file several more lawsuits on behalf of other Argentine workers, and their widows.