56°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Mon
82°
61°
10%
Tue
82°
59°
20%
Wed
83°
63°
50%
TrueView© Local Radar

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Shintech plant manager: Workers likely suffocated

3 years ago Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:34:07 PM CDT May 25, 2011 Wednesday, May 25 2011 May 25, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

PLAQUEMINE, La. - Three investigations have been launched to determine what caused the deaths of two workers inside an industrial container at Shintech's Iberville Parish plant.

Shintech, Louisiana State Police and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are all investigating the deaths, which happened Sunday.

Sheriff's Maj. Johnny Blanchard says investigators believe Tory Sanchez, a contract worker employed by Performance Contractors Inc., was overcome by fumes while descending a ladder into the container to retrieve tools. Blanchard says Shintech employee Tommy Rivet also went into the container, possibly to assist Sanchez, and also was overcome.

Plant manager David Wise told The Advocate the men likely suffocated in the oxygen-deficient container that was filled with nitrogen as part of the process to produce vinyl chloride.

Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

 

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
56°
53°
Mon
Partly Cloudy
82°
61°
Tue
Partly Cloudy
82°
59°
Wed
AM T-Storms
83°
63°
Thu
PM T-Storms
82°
66°