Accident Description

Accident: Union Carbide Corp. Nitrogen Asphyxiation Incident

Location: Location: Hahnville, LA

Accident Occurred On: 03/27/1998 | Final Report Released On: 02/23/1999

Accident Type: Confined Space / Asphyxiation

Investigation Status: The final summary report on this investigation was approved on February 23, 1999.

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.