Tragically, four workers were killed and one was injured in suburban Houston over the weekend after a chemical leak at an industrial plant. The accident occurred Saturday at the DuPont plant in LaPorte. A chemical, methyl mercaptan, began leaking from a valve at around 4 a.m. The chemical release was contained by 6 a.m.
Five employees were in the unit at the time of the incident and were exposed to the chemical. Four died at the chemical plant, and one was hospitalized. Methyl mercaptan is used to create products such as insecticides and fungicides, which protect crops from pests. The cause of the leak was unknown.
The company says it will cooperate fully with local, state and federal officials who are investigating the leak. It also says it will be conducting its own thorough investigation to see how the incident occurred. The U.S. Chemical Board is sending a seven person team to investigate the accident. Fortunately, the chemical release was not toxic for residents in the area, but it has caused a rotten egg smell as far as 40 miles away.
This tragic story reminds us of how important safety is in the workplace. This is particularly true when the workplace involves dangers such as deadly chemicals. Employees who are injured at work are entitled to compensation for their injuries. This includes money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The loved ones of those killed may be entitled to damages for wrongful death.
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