Wiliams-Olefins fined $194,000

Wiliams-Olefins fined $194,000

GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - The Department of Environmental Quality has fined Williams Olefins $194,000 after finding 29 code and regulations violations in a deadly explosion last year.

DEQ says the plant has paid the fines in full and plans to restart operations.

The blast which happened in June at the plant in Geismar killed two workers and injured 77 others in June of last year. 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 a result of a rupture in an off-line reboiler that was in standby mode, next to a boiler that was in operation.

A 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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