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4 Injured in Williams Cos Inc Explosion

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Olivia Finger2 years ago

Four workers at Williams Cos Inc were injured in an explosion Thursday morning.

Details of the Plant Explosion

The natural gas facility owned by Williams Partners’ Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co (Transco) in Gibson, Louisiana, was offline for planned maintenance and no gas was flowing through the pipeline when the explosion occurred.

At this time, details of injuries have yet to be released.

Staff were performing routine maintenance work on equipment called a “slug catcher” which is used to gather hydrocarbons. In a statement, the company said that the pipeline did not rupture. 

Additionally, the statement assured customers that service was not interrupted due to the incident.

Warren Toups, Williams Operations Manager issued a personal statement saying, “We are deeply saddened by reports of serious injuries to personnel working at the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families at this very critical time”.

The building received little to no damage, and the rest of the damaged has yet to be examined. 

On the Job Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014 – this averages to 90 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths per day.
  • Of those deaths, 4,251 occurred in private industry and 874 were linked to construction.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job death were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between


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