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Fatal Exposure: Tragedy at DuPont #safety #chemicallaboratories #explosion

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Published on Mar 13, 2013

Three accidents occur over a 33-hour period at the Dupont plant

in Belle, WV.

On January 23, there was a release of highly toxic phosgene,

exposing a veteran operator at the DuPont facility in Belle,

West Virginia and resulting in his death one day later. DuPont

officials told the CSB that a braided steel hose connected to a

one-ton capacity phosgene tank suddenly ruptured, releasing

phosgene into the air. An operator who was exposed to the

chemical was transported to the hospital, where he died the

following day. The phosgene release followed two other

accidents at the same plant in the same week, including an

ongoing release of chloromethane from the plant's F3455 unit,

which went undetected for several days, and a release from a

spent sulfuric acid unit. The plant announced over the weekend

that it would be shutting down a number of process units

immediately for safety checks. The CSB is also investiating a

November 2010 accident at the Dupont facility outside Buffalo,

NY, that fatally injured one worker.

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