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CSB Safety Video: Inherently Safer - The Future of Risk Reduction

February 14, 2013

Video Description

On August 28, 2008, a powerful explosion occurred at the Bayer CropScience plant in Institute, West Virginia. The explosion resulted in the death of 2 workers and the injury of 8 others. A CSB investigation discovered the explosion was the result of a runaway chemical reaction inside a process vessel that was used to treat pesticide waste.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, the CSB released a final report on January 20, 2011.

About the Chemical Safety Board

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. CSB investigations examine all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems. The Board does not issue citations or fines but makes safety recommendations to companies, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.

For more information, please visit www.csb.gov or contact Communications Manager Hillary Cohen at public@csb.gov or by phone at 202.446.8095.


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