Gas exposure sends 2 contract workers at Placid Refinery to hospitals

Gas exposure sends 2 contract workers at Placid Refinery to hospitals

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Emergency workers responded to a gas exposure incident at the Placid Refining Company in Port Allen on Wednesday.

The plant is located on LA 1 at Lafiton Lane near the Mississippi River.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported two contract workers breathed in a gas. Deputies said the workers were treated by in-house medical personnel and members of the West Baton Rouge Parish Fire Department.

Louisiana State Police reported there was no off-site damage and there is no threat to the public.

According to a source, the contract workers put on gas masks they thought were oxygen masks. Officials have not identified the gas the workers breathed in.

They reported the workers were flown by helicopters to separate hospitals. Their names were not released.

Lafiton Lane was closed for a short time as a precautionary measure to allow the helicopters to land.

The refinery released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Two contract workers at the Placid Refining Company, LLC facility were injured while working at the refinery on Wednesday. The workers are being treated at an area hospital.
The two contract employees were working in the vicinity of the refinery's storage tanks but there was no fire, explosion or release of any substances from the tanks or nearby facilities. Placid has notified the appropriate state and federal agencies and is investigating the cause of the incident. OSHA is also investigating.
The contractors, employees of a company that provides services to Placid, were performing work that required use of fresh air supplies, which are provided at the site. The investigation of the incident is trying to determine if the safety equipment provided was properly used.
Placid employees and contractors offer their thoughts and prayers to the injured workers and their families.

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