In March 2011 an explosion ripped through the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown killing two workers. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (“CSB”) released a report this week heavily criticizing the company for a number of safety and maintenance failures.
“Carbide displayed a chronic lack of commitment to figuring out what was going wrong, ignoring all the warning signs, even as its workers were exposed to a potential massive explosion just a few feet away from their control room,” said CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. “This accident is literally a case study into the tragic, predictable consequences of running equipment to failure even when repeated safety incidents over many years warn of impending failure,” Moure-Eraso continued.
Two employees were killed and two others were injured when an furnace built up too much pressure and released powdered debris, hot gases, and molten calcium carbide.