Accident Description

Accident: Packaging Corporation of America Hot Work Explosion

Location: Location: Deridder, LA

Accident Occurred 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.