Wife of worker killed in explosion, Omega Protein reach settlement in wrongful death suit

Wife of worker killed in explosion, Omega Protein reach settlement in wrongful death suit
Jerry Lee Taylor II (Photo source: Facebook)
Jerry Lee Taylor II (Photo source: Facebook)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The wife of a Jackson County man who was killed while working at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant in 2014 has reached an unknown settlement with the company. According to court documents, the settlement was filed on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Katlyn Taylor said her husband, Jerry Lee Taylor II, was launched 100 feet away when the tank he was doing hot work on exploded on July 28, 2014. He died from injuries sustained in the explosion.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said an explosion blew the lid off the tank Taylor was working on.

The lawsuit claimed Taylor, who was a temporary worker hired to cut and weld pipes, was not warned about the hazardous materials inside the tank. It also said Omega Protein officials failed to test the contents of the tank before then work began.

In the lawsuit, Taylor's wife demanded more than $1.4 million in damages and also requested a jury trial.

A report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Taylor and two other temporary workers had no idea what they were doing and had no training to let them know that they were working above a tank filled with explosive methane and hydrogen sulfide gases.

OSHA issued Omega Protein 13 citations for willful, repeated and serious safety violations and fined the company more than $139,000.

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