Federal Investigation Finds Safety Issues at Houston DuPont Plant Where Four Killed

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A federal investigation was recently completed into a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant last November. The investigation found that there were weaknesses and failures in the company's safety planning and procedures. 

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board recently announced the findings of its investigation into the accident that occurred at a DuPont plant. The four workers who were killed died after being exposed to methyl mercaptan, a raw material that is used to manufacture an insecticide. Workers did not realize that the deadly gas was being released as they drained gas out of other piping at the plant. 

The investigation found that the facility did not have adequate ventilation or air monitoring to ensure worker safety. However, even if ventilation fans had been working, the building's design may not have protected the workers. Procedures were not followed that would have restricted worker access to areas where ventilation fans were not working. DuPont was in the process of a five year safety assessment when the accident occurred, but is far behind schedule and currently is only 35 percent complete. DuPont was fined $372,000 for safety violations and was placed on a list of severe violators. 

Many workers are exposed to extremely dangerous hazards in the workplace on a regular basis. This may be because the company does not try to maintain a safe workplace, or because of the industry involved. If a worker is harmed in the workplace, the worker may have the legal right to seek workers' compensation. In many cases, the worker may also be able to sue a third party, or in some cases, the employer. 

Call the Houston workplace accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have been involved in an accident at work. We can help you evaluate your legal rights. You can learn more about our firm on Google Plus.

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