Ineos Nitriles worker dies from cyanide exposure

Sara  Sneath By Sara Sneath

June 10, 2015 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated June 10, 2015 at 5:09 p.m.

4:45 p.m. UPDATE:

The man who died from chemical exposure at an Ineos Nitriles plant near Port Lavaca has been identified.

James Wade Gutierrez, 21, of Victoria, was pronounced dead at 5:34 a.m. Wednesday at Citizens Medical Center, said Victoria County Justice of the Peace Mary Ann Rivera.

Rivera ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death for Gutierrez, she said. Gutierrez worked for Zachry Industrial, based in San Antonio, which was contracted by Ineos Nitriles to work at the plant, said Zachry Industrial spokesman A.J. Rodriguez.

"We express our condolences to his family," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez would not say how long Gutierrez worked for Zachry Industrial or give more information about the incident that led to Gutierrez's death.

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1:25 p.m. UPDATE:

Ineos released the following statement: "It is with great sadness that Ineos Nitriles confirms a contractor fatality at its Green Lake site" on Wednesday.

Circumstances concerning the incident are still under review.

Ineos Nitriles expresses its deepest condolences to the deceased's family and commits to cooperating with any investigations concerning the incident."

The company has contacted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said spokesman Charles Saunders.

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An Ineos Nitriles worker died Wednesday morning after he was exposed to cyanide.

Emergency medical services responded to the plant off state Highway 185 about 4:30 a.m., said Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman.

The worker's name was not available. The man was transported to a hospital in Victoria, where he died of injuries he suffered from the chemical exposure, Aleman said.


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