Accident Description

Accident: Explosion at PCA's DeRidder, Louisiana, Pulp and Paper Mill

Location: Location: Deridder, LA

Accident Occured On: 02/08/2017 | Final Report Released On: 01/01/0001

Accident Type: Hot Work - Explosion and Fire

Investigation Status: The CSB's final report was approved on 4.17.2018

On February 8, 2017, three contractors were fatally injured and seven contractors sustained injuries in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America facility in DeRidder, LA. The fatally injured contractors were conducting hot work activities near a tank which contained a flammable atmosphere and ultimately exploded.

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