Accident Description

Accident: Honeywell Chemical Incidents

Location: Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Accident Occurred On: 07/20/2003 | Final Report Released On: 08/08/2005

Accident Type: Release

Investigation Status: The final report on the three incidents was approved by the Board on August 8, 2005, and released at a news conference in Baton Rouge on August 10.

On July 20, 2003, there was a release of chlorine gas from the Honeywell refrigerant manufacturing plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The accident resulted in the hospitalization of four plant workers and required residents within a half-mile radius to shelter in their homes. On July 29, 2003, a worker was fatally injured by exposure to antimony pentachloride when a gas cylinder released its contents to the atmosphere. On August 13, 2003, two plant workers were exposed to hydrofluoric acid, and one was hospitalized.