Investigators are checking to see if the plants were in violation of OSHA regulations
Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are checking to see if any OSHA standards or regulations were violated in two separate chemical plant accidents last week.
A Belle Rose man was killed and seven others were injured Friday evening when a vessel holding nitrogen burst at the CF Industries fertilizer plant on Highway 3089 in Donaldsonville.
Two people have died in connection with the Thursday morning explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar in Ascension Parish.
OSHA is promising a thorough investigation.
"They will interview witnesses, they will interview other employees. They'll review the history of the company to see if the company has been in compliance with OSHA regs. They will look for equipment failure," says OSHA spokesman Juan Rodriguez.
Rodriguez says it's hard to say how long the investigation will take, but OSHA has six months to complete it.