John Simpson lost his son, Jeffrey, on May 21 after an industrial accident at Mississippi Phosphates. "Unfortunately, for it to repeat itself within less than two weeks in the same area just shouts out something is wrong, wrong, wrong," Simpson told WLOX.
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A similar accident happened less than two weeks ago at Mississippi Phosphates, killing 39 year old Jeffrey Simpson. At that time, family members expressed concerns about safety at the plant. Now, with a second fatality Friday, their concerns are ever greater.
John Simpson said his hopes for positive change at the plant have been dashed.
"That's what we were hoping. That something good would come out of that accident," Simpson said. "Unfortunately, for it to repeat itself within less than two weeks in the same area just shouts out something is wrong, wrong, wrong."
Jeffrey loved to fish with his father, something that Dad will sorely miss. John's emotions are tangled, and his frustration is evident.
"I'm angered, because one of the people I know that was hurt today was my son's supervisor," Simpson lamented. "I know the guilt he felt about not being on the shift when my son got killed, and it breaks my heart to know that he's suffering."
When asked if he feels the company is cutting safety corners, his answer was to the point.
"I think what they're doing, they're postponing some maintenance as long as they can, and in that case brings on danger."
John Simpson is a man of deep faith, but he's also a realist.
"I believe that God has a plan for all of us and it was Jeffrey's time, but that doesn't mean he had to die the way he died."
Meanwhile, officials with OSHA are still investigating the cause of the original accident on May 21. Those same officials will now begin another investigation in the cause of this latest accident.
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