OSHA to join plant-blast probe
Federal investigators were expected in south Louisiana over the weekend at the site of an explosion that killed one worker at chemical plant in Donaldsonville — the second such blast in the area in two days.
State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer said Saturday officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were coming to the CF Industries facility as soon as the site was safe. Sandifer said the state police’s hazardous- materials unit was at the plant overnight.
“Once they deem it safe, they will pull out and let OSHA and company officials do their work,” Sandifer said.
Police said Ronald “Rocky” Morris Jr., 55, of Belle Rose, La., was killed in the Friday blast. He had worked at the plant for 34 years, company officials said.
CF Industries identified its injured employees as Courtney Julien, Melvin Singleton, Jeramy Worsham and Kade Yarbrough. Three contractor employees also were hurt.
The company said in a statement Saturday that one of its employees remained hospitalized in stable condition, and all the other workers were released from Baton Rouge-area hospitals.
CF Industries manufactures ammonia and other nitrogen fertilizers at the Donaldsonville facility. Officials said there were no hazardous materials at the site.
The company said the blast occurred about 6 p.m. Friday in a section of the plant that had been shut down for maintenance and that there was no fire, chemical release, or threat to the community.