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inspection of the Palestine plant found a number of serious violations and imposed a fine of $35,125. Less than a week later, a worker
named Clarence Dupree lost an arm in a bone-crushing machine. And two days after that, another worker, Willie Morris, was killed by an
ammonia gas explosion. Morris’s body lay on the floor for hours, just ten feet from the door, as toxic gas filled the building. Nobody at the
plant had been trained to use hazardous-materials gas masks or protective suits; the equipment sat in a locked storage room. Ferrell flew to
Texas and toured the plant after the accidents. He thought the facility was in terrible shape — with a cooling system that violated OSHA
standards, faulty wiring that threatened to cause a mass electrocution, and safety mechanisms that had deliberately been disabled with
magnets. He wanted the slaughterhouse to be shut down immediately, and it was. Two months later, Ferrell lost his job.
In his lawsuit seeking payment for wrongful termination, Ferrell contends that he was fired for giving the order to close the Palestine...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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