MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the wife of a Jackson County man killed at Omega Protein in Moss Point in 2014.
According to the lawsuit, Katlyn Taylor claims her husband, Jerry Lee Taylor II, was not properly warned about the materials inside a storage tank he was working on top of with Josh Walls. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported an explosion blew the lid off of the tank while the two men were doing hot work on the tank.
Hot work is described as any burning, cutting, welding or other operation that is capable of starting fires or explosions.
The tank exploded on July 28, 2014, catapulting Taylor's body 100 feet away where he landed on another storage tank and died from his injuries.
According to the lawsuit, Omega officials at the plant said the material inside the storage tank was thought to be non-hazardous. No combustible gas testing was done on the contents of the tank before the hot work began.
Taylor's wife is demanding more than $1.4 million in damages. She's also requesting a jury trial.