The US Chemical Safety Board has deployed an investigative
team to the scene of a fire and explosion that occurred last
Thursday at the Williams olefins plant in Geismar,
Zachary C. Green, 29, and Scott Thrower, 47, died during the
Thursday morning incident, while 77 others
More than 800 people were at the plant when the explosion
The investigative team will be led by Don
Holmstrom, director of the CSB's Western Regional Office.
The team arrived in Louisiana over the weekend.
The CSB is an independent US federal agency charged with
investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agencys
board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by
CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents,
including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as
inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety