One worker remains in stable condition following deadly blast in Donaldsonville

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Monday, June 17, 2013 - 4:58pm

One person remains hospitalized from Friday’s deadly blast at CF Industries in Donaldsonville. Investigators are currently working to determine what caused the incident.

“CF is cooperating with OSHA on the investigation and are committed to finding out the cause of the incident,” Blythe Lamonica, Harris, DeVille & Associates, Inc., explained. “We are focused on the health and safety of our employees.”

The blast killed 35-year veteran Ronald “Rocky” Morris, 55, and injured seven workers. As of Monday, June 17, only one worker remains hospitalized. He is listed in stable condition.

The area where the incident occurred, Ammonia 3, was already shutdown for maintenance purposes. We’re told that area will remain closed until the investigating agency deem it safe.

“All other units at the Donaldsonville complex are operating as scheduled and have been since the event,” Lamonica added.

According to the company’s website, CF Industries is North America’s largest producer of nitrogen. It ships approximately five million tons for agricultural and industrial uses each year.

In 2000 the company was issued a six-figure fine for an explosion that killed three workers and injured eight.


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