Posted: May 23, 2011 8:52 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police say two workers were overcome by a chemical and died at a chlorine factory being built south of Plaquemine.
Lt. Doug Cain says that about 1 p.m. Sunday, troopers received a call on their Hazmat hotline that the two people were unconscious.
He says the first person overcome was a contractor who had gone
in the confined space to retrieve tools.
Cain says a company representative then went into the container
and also was killed.
He says investigators aren't sure what chemical killed the
workers. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.
An after-hours call to the company was not immediately returned.
According to Shintech's website, the 1,700-acre site has been
under construction since 2005. It says the plant will make
chlorine, caustic soda and other chemicals.