On Nov. 15, 2014, nearly 24,000 pounds of deadly methyl mercaptan escaped in the middle of the night through two valves in a poorly ventilated manufacturing building of DuPont’s insecticide plant in La Porte, Texas.
In one area of the plant, operations personnel attempted to clear blocked piping. Later in a different area, two workers opened valves in response to what they believed was a routine, unrelated pressure problem. The two workers were killed when liquid methyl mercaptan drained from the open valves, filling the room with toxic vapor. One of those workers made a distress call, and two additional workers died responding to that call.
The CSB unanimously approved investigators’ draft findings and recommendations at a public meeting Sept. 30 in Houston, not far from the plant. The board also released an animation based on the team’s findings, showing how the fatal accident occurred.
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