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Safety Board Investigates Phosgene Accident at DuPont’s WV Site

2:04 PM MST | February 2, 2010 | KARA SISSELL

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB; Washington) has launched an investigation into an accident at DuPont’s Belle, WV complex that killed one. The fatality occurred when Dan Fish, a DuPont employee for 32 years, was exposed to an accidental phosgene release. DuPont officials told CSB that a braided steel hose connected to a one-ton capacity phosgene tank suddenly ruptured, releasing phosgene into the air. Fish was transported to the hospital, where he died the following day, CSB says. DuPont is “deeply saddened that one of our Belle...

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