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Chemical leak kills 4 workers

A leak at a chemical plant in Texas resulted in the death of four workers on Nov. 15. The fatal accident took place at the DuPont Chemical Refinery's crop unit in La Porte at about 4 a.m. DuPont officials reported that the cause of the deadly chemical leak was not immediately known.

According to reports, two of the deceased victims of the industrial accident were brothers. When one of the men went to his brother's aide, both of the men were overcome by the chemical fumes. A first-line supervisor was also among the deceased. Another employee, a woman who had worked at the plant for eight months, was also killed in the accident. A fifth worker survived the accident but required treatment at a hospital for exposure to the fumes.

The leak that occurred at the plant involved a chemical called methyl mercaptan, which is used with natural gas during the manufacturing of insecticides and fungicides. Because natural gas has no odor, methyl mercaptan is used alongside natural gas to provide a rotten egg odor as a safety precaution.

A worker who has suffered injuries from exposure to chemicals on the job might have the right to file a workers' compensation claim. Through workers' compensation insurance, the worker may receive some compensation for the medical expenses they have incurred as a result of their injury along with a portion of their lost wages. If an individual dies in a workplace accident, the right to seek workers' compensation benefits is passed to the worker's surviving family members.

Source: FOX News, "Brothers among victims of Texas chemical plant", November 17, 2014

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