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DuPont Fined by OSHA for Deadly Incident

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Liana DeMasi2 years ago

According to the Houston Business Journal, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined DuPont due to 11 violations correlated with a chemical leak at DuPont’s La Porte plant back in November.

Details of the Fatal DuPont Industrial Accident

The incident occurred when an employee opened up a methyl mercaptan vent line drain, releasing unexpected toxic gas. She and three employees who came to help her died.

It appears that had DuPont properly assessed the danger and properly trained their employees, four people would not have lost their lives.

Of the 11 violations, 9 were serious – OSHA fined DuPont $99,000 and informed the company that it must enact safety upgrades to avoid future accidents. 

On the Job Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job.
  • This averages to 88 deaths a week, or 12 a day in the workplace. 
  • Among the top 10 most violated standards are: hazard communication standard, respiratory protection, control of hazardous energy, and fall protection. 


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