PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities say a 39-year-old Pascagoula man died after sustaining a head injury at Mississippi Phosphates Corp.
Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus tells The Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/KHgzXJ ) Jeffrey Simpson was pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Sheriff Mike Byrd said it appeared that a piece of equipment exploded and killed the worker.
Broadus said an autopsy would be performed Tuesday.
In a statement, company officials said the accident occurred during a maintenance procedure in a portion of the plant that was not operational at the time.
Madison, Miss.-based Mississippi Phosphates Corp. manufactures diammonium phosphate at the Pascagoula facility.