Friday marks one year anniversary of deadly Williams-Olefins plant explosion

GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - June 13 marks the one year anniversary of a deadly plant explosion in south Louisiana that led to a federal investigation.

A blast at the Williams-Olefins plant in Geismar killed two workers and injured 77 others. Zachary C. Green, 29, of Hammond, died in the explosion. He was an operator at the plant. He had only worked at the plant for eight months.

The following day, Scott Thrower, 47, of St. Amant, passed away from injuries suffered in the explosion and fire.

According to reports, the fire was result of a rupture in an off-line reboiler that was in standby mode, next to a boiler that was in operation.

The federal investigation that followed uncovered six violations and fined the company $100,000. Williams-Olefins responded to the fines, saying it is committed to learning from the report to enhance safety.

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