OSHA: Second Injured Pipeline Worker Dead

Dec 7, 2016

Wildfire burns at the site of the Colonial Pipeline explosion near Helena, Ala., Oct. 31, 2016.
Credit Alabama EMA

Officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration say a second worker who was injured in the Colonial Pipeline explosion in late October has died.

OSHA says the worker died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during the explosion in Shelby County.

The federal agency says the worker's employer, Heflin-based L.E. Bell Construction, did contact OSHA to inform the administration of the death.

OSHA did not identify the worker.

Colonial officials say eight people on the nine-member crew that was working on the pipeline were employees of L.E Bell.

Colonial officials say the explosion resulted from a worker who accidentally hit the line with a piece of heavy equipment while doing excavation work.