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Union Carbide Corp. Nitrogen Asphyxiation Incident
FINAL REPORT: Final Investigation Report
Location: Hahnville, LA
Accident Occurred On: 03/27/1998
Final Report Released On: 02/23/1999
Accident Type: Confined Space / Asphyxiation
Company Name: Union Carbide Corp.

statistics

Total # of Recommendations
6
Total # of Open Recommendations
0
Total # of Closed Recommendations
6
Total % of Open 0 vs. Closed 100

investigation information

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Accident Description
On March 27, 1998, one worker was killed and another seriously injured when they were asphyxiated by nitrogen at Union Carbide Corporation's Taft/Star Manufacturing Plant in Hahnville, Louisiana. The incident occurred inside a temporary enclosure the workers had erected over the end of large open gas pipe, where the workers were conducting a black light inspection. The workers were not aware that the pipe was being purged with nitrogen, creating an oxygen-deficient atmosphere.
Investigation Status
The final summary report on this investigation was approved on February 23, 1999.


 

Recommendations

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)
2009-05-I-LA-5

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Compressed Gas Association (CGA)
1998-05-I-LA-6

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
1998-05-I-LA-3

Conduct a study concerning the appropriateness and feasibility of odorizing nitrogen in order to warn personnel of the presence of nitrogen when it is used in confined spaces.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
1998-05-I-LA-4

Issue a safety alert that addresses the hazards and provides safety guidelines for the use of temporary enclosures that are erected around equipment containing hazardous substances.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Union Carbide Taft Plant
1998-05-I-LA-1

Post signs containing the warning "Danger, Confined Space: Do Not Enter Without Authorization" or similar wording at potential entryways when tanks, vessels, pipes, or other similar chemical industry equipment are opened. When nitrogen is added to a confined space, post an additional sign that warns personnel of the potential nitrogen hazard.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

1998-05-I-LA-2

Ensure that the plant safety program addresses the control of hazards created by erecting temporary enclosures around equipment that may trap a dangerous atmosphere in the enclosure if the equipment leaks or vents hazardous material.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

 
 
 
 
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