Two Men Dead After Geismar Chemical Plant Accident
Posted on Sep 10, 2013
A morning explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant left two employees dead.
The explosion happened at approximately 8:37 a.m. at the Williams-Olefins ethanol plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on Highway 30. Hazmat crews and the State Police arrived on the scene to begin evacuating the neighboring areas.
Sara Delgado, Senior Communications Specialist for the plant, reported that the company’s focus was on the safety of its employees, contractors, and the local community. They confirmed that emergency shutdown valves had closed and that the unit had been isolated shortly after the accident.
Two men were killed in the blast. The first man to be identified was 29-year-old Zachary Green. Green was from Hammond and was an operator at the plant. He had worked there less than a year when the blast occurred.
The second man identified as fatally injured in the plant was Scott Thrower of St. Amant. Thrower, 47, suffered fatal burn injuries. Thrower was a supervisor of operations at the plant and had worked at the company since 1999.
One employee and four contract workers were hospitalized in the Baton Rouge area.
Investigations to determine what triggered the explosion are still underway. The company is based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has sent crews to Louisiana to inspect the facility to determine how much damage occurred. A federal inspection will follow.
The explosion happened right before the plant had considered expanding. The expansion could have cost as much as $400 million and expanded production by as many as 600 million pounds per year.
As Lake Charles industrial accident attorneys we send our deepest condolences to the Green and Thrower families after this tragic accident.