Volume 89 Issue 41 | pp. 34-35
Issue Date: October 10, 2011

Investigating A Fatal Phosgene Leak

Safety board report examines three accidents occuring within 33 hours at DuPont West Virginia plant
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: CSB, DuPont

DuPont manufacturing practices were blasted by the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) in a new final report that examined a fatal accident at the corporation’s Belle, W.Va., chemical plant.

The report looked at three accidents that occurred within 33 hours, one of which involved phosgene and killed a worker. The investigation found company practices that “surprised and alarmed” CSB, says board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.

“That these preventable accidents . . .

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