Flash Fire Explosion at Georgia-Pacific Plant in Corrigan, TX

by Terry Bryant

A flash fire explosion occurred this past Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Georgia-Pacific Plant in Corrigan, Texas, which is about 100 miles north of Houston, Texas.  At least seven workers suffered severe trauma and burns from the explosion that occurred in the “bag house,” where sawdust collects, at the plywood mill in Polk County.  Local authorities at the scene have indicated sawdust particles caught fire after a malfunction arose with the sawdust collection system.  A helicopter transported four of the injured workers to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where they are in critical condition with severe burns.  An ambulance transported three other workers to a Lufkin area medical facility.

Production at the plant has stopped while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) completes their investigation into the explosion.