Thursday, August 11, 2016
Worker Injury At US Nitrogen Probed by State
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Officials of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development say they are investigating the injury of a worker at the US Nitrogen plant in Greene County.
Jennifer Farrar, a spokeswoman for the department's occupational safety division said the injury occurred Aug. 4 and was reported to the state by the company on Tuesday.
Farrar said her agency could not comment on the nature of the injuries or the condition of the victim.
US Nitrogen did not respond to requests for comment, nor did company spokeswoman Amanda Jennings.
According to some accounts the unidentified worker was badly burned.
The $200 million ammonium nitrate manufacturing facility has been gearing up for full operation for several months. Official start-up notices for various phases of the operation have been reported to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The company also recently self reported to TDEC a violation of air pollution rules that require pollution control devices to be in operation.