On Thursday morning, a fatal explosion occurred at a Proctor & Gamble (P&G) plant in Pineville, Louisiana. According to early reports, the Louisiana plant explosion occurred at approximately 3 a.m., and there were multiple injuries. In total, one person was killed. Six others were injured and treated at a local hospital.
All workers were sent home following the incident, and the plant remained closed for the rest of the day.
In the aftermath, early reports provided conflicting information. Initially, sources stated that there was an explosion at the plant. Later, a P&G spokesman reported that it had been a forklift accident. Another contact for the story referred to it as an “accident.” Several hours later, the State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed that the blast was caused by an equipment explosion, which killed the operator.
The worker who was killed in the explosion was later identified as Allen Kendrick, a 56-year-old man who was well known throughout the Jena community. He was the director of the LaSalle Parish Community Choir, worked as part of a Jena theater group, and was previously the Jena High School band director.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the P&G Product Supply Family passed away at our Alexandria manufacturing facility in a tragic accident during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018,” said the company in a released statement. “The safety of our employees is a top priority, and there is an investigation underway at this time. We are connected with the employee’s family and have expressed our deepest condolences. We will support them and all our Alexandria employees in this difficult time."
Currently, the cause of the explosion is unknown.
There are federal investigators at the scene from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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