Gov. Jindal: All workers at Geismar plant explosion accounted for; one fatality, 73 injured
POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 1:07pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 6:52pm
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All of the workers have been accounted for and the threat from the fire has been lifted, Governor Jindal said in a press conference shortly before 2:00 p.m.
Zachary C. Green, 29, of Hammond was killed in the blast. Three additional workers being treated in Baton Rogue are listed in critical condition.
Officials say all of the 300+ employees who were inside the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar have been accounted for and 77 people are being treated for injuries. Hospitals report that they saw workers with burns, cardiac and respiratory issues and blunt trauma.
“I want to praise the brave first responders who responded to this,” Governor Jindal said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the workers and their families.”
We’re told 10 employees remained in the plant as a part of the safety protocol.
Four mobile crisis centers have been deployed for mental heath related issues. These units were common during the BP oil spill in 2010.
The order to “shelter in place” has been lifted for residents in the area. However, Governor Jindal says some neighboring plants are maintaining skeleton crews to ensure safety.
Governor Jindal stressed that a full investigation will be conducted at a later date to determine what caused the fire.
"Once the investigation is done and there is a responsible party, they will absolutely be held responsible, and we'll be working with our federal and local partners to make sure something like this doesn't happen again," Governor Jindal said.
DEQ reports that air quality tests show no signs of contamination. The chemicals involved in the blast include ethylene and polymer grade propylene.
Several road closures are still in place.
If you are looking for information about a loved one involved in this fire, please call (866) 380-2303.
For free counseling or support which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
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