OSHA investigates deadly plant explosion in Moss Point

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WALA) – One person is dead and three others are hurt after an industrial accident Monday, July 28 in Jackson County, Mississippi.

This latest incident happened Monday morning at Omega Protein, Incorporated in Moss Point.

Moss Point’s fire chief said an explosion happened at a storage tank, where welding was going on, on the top of the tank. Authorities said there was an explosion, but no fire.

ACCIDENT VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The man who was killed has been identified as 25-year-old Jerry Lee Taylor II. He was believed to be on top of the tank.

Fire officials said two were hurt were on the ground, and another victim was on some scaffolding.

REPAIR WORK UNDERWAY

Moss Point Fire Chief Tommy Posey said, “Approximately 9:30 this morning, we received a call of an explosion here at Omega Protein. Upon arrival, the crews found one huge fish oil holding tank exploded. Some contractors had been in there doing some repair work. At this time, it looks like we have one fatality and three injured.”

We have been told Taylor and the other victims were sub-contractors.

Chief Posey said officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, were supposed to be on the scene investigating Monday afternoon.

FACILITY OPERATIONS

The facility operates a menhaden fishing fleet with a processing plant and adjacent shipyard in Moss Point.

Posey said, “It appears that one gentleman was on the top of the tank. Two of (the others) were on the ground. One on them was on some scaffolding.”

Chief Posey said the injured were taken to Singing River Hospital by ambulance. The plant was shut down for the day.

ABOUT 300 PEOPLE EMPLOYED

The plant employs about 300 people.

Local company officials would not speak. They referred us to corporate offices for comment, and no statements have been released.

Omega Protein produces fish oils and fish meal.

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