Accident Description

Accident: E. I. DuPont De Nemours Co. Fatal Hotwork Explosion

Location: Location: Buffalo, NY

Accident Occurred On: 11/09/2010 | Final Report Released On: 04/19/2012

Accident Type: Hot Work - Explosion and Fire

Investigation Status: The CSB Board Members unanimously approved the final report 3-0 at a public meeting in Buffalo, NY, on April 19, 2012.

Two contractors were performing welding atop a 10,000 gallon slurry tank when hot sparks ignited flammable vapors inside the tank, causing an explosion that killed one contractor and seriously injured another.