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Two workers died on May 22 while commissioning a new vinyl chloride plant at Shintech’s complex in Plaquemine, La. The workers—Shintech employee Tommy Rivet and contractor Tory Sanchez—had climbed into a vessel on the site. “We believe they were in a nitrogen atmosphere and inhaled nitrogen,” says a Shintech spokesman. The company is starting up chlorine, ethylene dichloride, and vinyl chloride plants at the site. The incident is the first fatal accident for Shintech, a subsidiary of Japan’s Shin-Et su Chemical, in its 37 years in the U.S.
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