In California, workplace accidents can involve many types of dangers in addition to the classic equipment or fall hazards. As illustrated by a recent and sobering case out of Texas, workers are sometimes killed or injured while working around and with hazardous substances, such as chemicals.
The incident in Texas occurred at a DuPont chemical plant outside of Houston on Nov. 15. At least five workers were exposed to a chemical used in insecticides, fungicides and as an agent to add smell to natural gas. Neighbors to the plant indicated they had smelled a chemical smell. DuPont officials apparently told local law enforcement authorities that the chemical dissipates quickly in air and was harmless.