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Worker dies after incident at chemical plant in Geismar

1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago Monday, October 18 2021 Oct 18, 2021 October 18, 2021 5:11 PM October 18, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

GEISMAR - A contract plant worker has died after an incident at a chemical facility in Ascension Parish sent two people to a hospital late last week.

Zachry Group, which employed the deceased worker, confirmed the worker's death Monday afternoon

"We can confirm that one of the two employees injured in Friday’s incident has passed away. Zero incidents for our employees is always the goal. Zachry Group is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, as well as the communities in which we operate. We express our sincere condolences to our employee’s family and are saddened by this loss."

State Police told WBRZ that a hazmat team was called to the BASF plant along River Road in Geismar before noon Friday. At least two people were exposed to chemicals and were treated on site before being taken away by paramedics.

Police said the incident was initially reported as a possible chemical fire, though the company later said there was no fire.

A BASF spokesperson said the two were exposed to an "inert substance" while performing maintenance work.

Zachry Group said both employees were immediately taken to the hospital and the injured employee was released after a doctor's evaluation Friday. 

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