A private contractor has been called in to help with recovery of a contract worker who fell 170 feet to his death after scaffolding he was working on at Mississippi Power’s Plant Daniel collapsed.
The man, whose identity has not yet been released, fell along with six others inside a boiler house at the plant about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday. His body currently remains buried under a large amount of debris.
Six of the workers, all employed by the New Iberia, La., industrial service company, Land Coast Insulation Inc., suffered injuries and were taken by ambulance to Singing River Hospital immediately after the accident.
By midday Tuesday, four of the injured worker had been released from the hospital, with two others remaining, one suffering from a back injury and the other from broken arm and leg.
Tom Guidry, public information officer for Land Coast, said this morning that an investigation is underway to determine what caused the accident. “At this point,” he said, “we’re just starting investigating and fact finding and are continuing to take statements from employees and so forth.”