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OSHA probing deadly blast at La. chemical plant

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago June 14, 2013 Jun 14, 2013 Friday, June 14 2013 June 14, 2013 12:21 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

GONZALES - Officials from the south Louisiana chemical plant where an explosion killed one worker and injured dozens of others say they still don't know the cause of the blast.

Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of plant owner Williams Companies Inc., held a news conference in Gonzales on Friday. He said the extent of the plant's damage is unknown and it is unclear when operations will resume.

Plant manager Larry Bayer says a crew of 12 people was securing equipment at the facility Friday and ensuring it was shut down properly after Thursday's explosion. Employees will continue to be paid while the plant is closed.

Company officials say they are cooperating with officials from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the explosion.

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