U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have launched an inspection at the DuPont Co. plant in Belle, W.Va., following the death of plant worker Carl “Dan” Fish after being sprayed in the face with toxic phosgene gas.
But Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper this morning urged the federal Chemical Safety Board to also join in probing the death and the series of recent incidents at the Belle plant.
“I have urged them to do a full, formal investigation,” Carper said.
Still no word from the CSB about whether they will deploy anyone …
Carper noted that OSHA, WVDEP, EPA and other agencies generally look just for specific violations of environmental or safety rules. But, Carper said, the CSB digs deeper to figure out why accidents occur and to propose ways to avoid future accidents.
Over the last few years, Carper was involved with the CSB’s highly publicized probe of the August 2008 explosion and fire that killed two Bayer CropScience Institute plant workers and the propane explosion that killed four people at the Little General Store in Ghent, W.Va.