On Monday, October 01, 2012, an industrial accident claimed the life of a worker at the Anderson Columbia plant located at 871 N.W. Guerdon St., Lake City, FL.
At approximately 5:15 AM, an employee was checking a diesel fuel tank when an explosion occurred. The worker was fatally injured as a result of the explosion. Columbia County Fire Department responded with multiple units and personnel. CCFD was assisted with containment by the Lake City Fire Department. Fire officials verified the contents of the fuel tank as #5 diesel. There was no contaminant threat to the surrounding neighborhood. No other injuries were reported to other workers.
The State Fire Marshall was on scene this morning and is working closely with the Columbia County Fire Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Anderson Columbia to determine the cause of the accident. Representatives from OSHA were also on scene this morning.
The victim of the accident will be sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Jacksonville, FL to determine the exact cause of death. The current investigation by the State Fire Marshal and OSHA may take several weeks to be completed and additional details will be released upon completion of the investigation.
The deceased has been identified as:
Perry Pollard, 6/19/1982
3015 U.S. 90 East, Lake City, FL