Union Carbide Case Study

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Union Carbide is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow chemical company which was founded in the year 1917 as the union corporation whereas before it was known as union carbide and was founded in the year 1898. In the year 1957 it was officially named as Union Carbide Corporation. The company headquarters are located in Houston, Texas, USA and it was known, as it is still known to produce bulk chemicals, Ethylene and also Ethylene derivatives which are their main products, which undergo further conversion. In the year 2009 it made it highest revenue of US$ 7.33 billion. It currently employs more than 2400 people. The Bhopal disaster also known as the Bhopal gas tragedy which was a gas leak incident that took place in India, in the year 1984 of…show more content…
The investigation was initially conducted entirely by council of scientific and industrial research (CSIR) and the central bureau of investigation. The UCC chairman and CEO Warren Anderson together with the technical team immediately travelled to India. In India Anderson got placed with a house arrest and was urged by the Indian government to leave the country within 24 hours. Legal proceedings involving UCC, The USA government, Indian government, local Bhopal authorities and the disaster victims started immediately after the catastrophe. In 1991, the local Bhopal authorities charged Anderson, who had retired in 1986, with involuntary manslaughter, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. He was declared a fugitive from justice by the chief judicial magistrate of Bhopal on February 1992 for failing to appear at the court hearing in a culpable homicide case which he was chief defendant. The United State Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the decision of the lower federal court in October 1993, meaning that the victims of The Bhopal disaster could not seek damages in United States…show more content…
The engineers at the Bhopal plant reviewed the report with great concern, unfortunately their safety conscious leader, Warren Woomer, was sent back to U.S. An Indian with professional records including an engineering degree from The Cambridge University and MIT, Jagannathan Muhund took the position of running the Bhopal plant. He was to report to a higher manager whose sole task was to cut costs. Due to the cost cutting, the plant was seen as going to down, as stainless steel was replaced with carbon steel. Ranjit Dutta, one of the original engineers to work at Bhopal saw that the site was in disarray and he tried to alert his superiors at UCC but they ignored

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