Worker dies at Omega Protein plant

By Monica Land

MOSS POINT – Authorities have confirmed that a 24-year-old man died while working at Jackson County seafood plant, but they’re not releasing how. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said Christopher Herbert died at the Omega Protein Seafood Plant in Moss Point Monday night, but she said very little else.

A spokesman at the plant, Ben Landry, said Herbert was working with equipment at the plant, and that it was a “work-related” accident.

Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis is assisting in the investigation and said his team, along with federal and company investigators are searching for evidence to answer questions about Herbert‘s death. According to Omega, Hebert was preparing for the upcoming fishing season when something went tragically wrong.

“He was working on a piece of equipment there onsite, and we are still trying to determine how he ended up in the position that he was found in,” Chief Davis told WLOX-TV.

Company officials and OSHA are expected to conduct separate investigations on the incident.

Landry said the area where the accident occurred has been shut down and workers in that area were sent home.

The Moss Point plant and its adjacent shipyard employs about 300 people.

WLOX reported that last year, three men were killed aboard an Omega Protein fishing boat called the Sandy Point when it collided with a 660-foot container ship in the Gulfport ship channel.

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