Air Liquide has confirmed the death of one worker and serious
injury of another following a weekend explosion at its
industrial gases plant in La Porte, Texas.
The explosion occurred close to 7:40 a.m. on Saturday morning,
according to the company, whose US operations are headquartered
in Houston. About 20 people were working at the
facility on Saturday.
The facility houses a mixture of industrial gases, such as
nitrogen and hydrogen, which are used to process food,
beverages and electronics, according to the Air Liquide
The statement from the company is as
"On Saturday, February 9, shortly before 8 a.m., a fire
occurred at Air Liquide's specialty gas facility in La Porte,
Texas," the company said. "Sadly, Air Liquide can now
confirm that the employee who had initially been identified as
missing has been found. His body was located at the scene
shortly before 7:30 p.m.
"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the employee's family.
Out of respect for the family's privacy, Air Liquide will not
release the name of the deceased employee. Air Liquide
counselors are in contact with the employee's family and
"A second employee who was taken to UTMB remains
hospitalized in critical condition.
"Air Liquide personnel responded immediately to the scene at
the time of the incident and remain on scene. We continue to
work collaboratively with the emergency personnel and local
authorities at the site."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.