Injured workers regaining health

By Carlie Kollath and Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

GUNTOWN – The two injured Columbian Rope Co. employees remained hospitalized Thursday, but they are making progress, according to a company representative.
The workers were injured Tuesday in an apparent gas-related explosion at the Guntown plant. The representative said Thursday that a third worker had minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.
Their names have not been released.
A company representative said the employee hospitalized in Tupelo has been moved out of ICU. The worker hospitalized in Memphis is on a ventilator, but made it through a day of surgery, the representative said.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said his department had closed the case and determined it was a work-related accident. Johnson said that if the investigation proceeds further, Occupational Safety and Health Administration would have to investigate.
An OSHA spokesman at the agency’s Jackson office said Thursday that “OSHA has not begun an investigation at this time,” and declined to comment further.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com. Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678)-1578 or dennis.seid@djournal.com.