We have been hired by the wife of a welder who was killed in a plant explosion to investigate the incident. He was employed by Elite Specialty Welding and assigned to work at a plant owned and operated by Packaging Corporation of America at the time of the explosion.
On February 8, 2017, a 25-foot tank exploded at Packaging Corporation of America's Louisana plant and killed the welder. His wife has hired us to find out why the explosion happened and who is responsible for her husband's death.
Packaging Corporation of America has had 17 workplace safety or health violations reported to OSHA since 2010. On February 9, 2017, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) deployed a three person investigative team to the plant. The CSB, an independent federal agency, has previously investigated a fatal explosion at Packaging Corporation of America's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plant. Their investigation into that explosion resulted in the publication of a safety bulletin and a safety video that directly addressed the problems they discovered in their investigation. Federal investigations into these fatal explosions take time, which the families of victims don't have. It is important for families of victims to launch independent investigations as soon as possible. The government and the company do not have your best interests at heart- the government is only looking for root causes and the company is doing everything possible to avoid being blamed.
We will provide updates as our investigation into this explosion progresses. To contact us about this case or to find out more information, call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form.