Workers for Houston-based KBR, Inc. have accused the military contracting company of willfully exposing them to carcinogens while repairing a water-injection facility in Iraq in 2003.
KBR was under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when they ordered workers to restore a dilapidated water-injection facility while American and British troops provided security. In the following weeks, soldiers and KBR workers suffered rashes, breathing problems, and bloody noses—all of which were linked to an excess of sodium dichromate, a chemical that contains the carcinogenic agent hexavalent chromium.
Both the Army Corps of Engineers and KBR allegedly responded by shifting blame back and forth, each saying the workers’ exposure to cancer-causing agents was not their fault. The soldiers filed a suit against KBR in 2010, stating that the company lied about the potential dangers at the worksite.
Investigations into the incident have produced internal e-mails and meeting minutes that suggest more could have been done to protect plant workers and servicemen. The lawsuit has also produced a puzzling clause in KBR’s contract: a rare indemnification clause that would protect the company from financial responsibility if any deaths or injuries occurred due to "willful misconduct."
Soldiers believe the contract language indicates that KBR showed a blatant disregard for safety in order to boost profits. The case has not yet been decided.
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