Accident: Packaging Corporation of America Hot Work Explosion
Location: Location: Deridder, LA
Accident Occured On: 02/08/2017 | Final Report Released On: 04/24/2018
Accident Type: Hot Work - Explosion and Fire
Investigation Status: The CSB's final investigation report was released on April 24, 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.
Apply the CSB safety guidance to PCA pulp and paper mills that produce NCG and operate NCG systems, which includes all foul condensate tanks. For these NCG systems: