Volume 94 Issue 45 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 14, 2016

Four die at Indian isocyanate plant

Department: Business
Keywords: industrial safety, polyurethane, phosgene, TDI

Four workers died at a Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals plant in Dahej, India. In a statement, the company said a gas leak on Nov. 2 caused the deaths at the facility, which produces the polyurethane raw material toluene diisocyanate. The company did not disclose the gas, but Indian media reports said it was phosgene; carbon monoxide is another hazardous gas involved in TDI manufacturing. The accident occurred just a day after another serious incident in India. A blast at a plant operated by Hindustan Insecticides injured 14 people.

 
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