Man dies after fall from forklift at Port Hudson plant

A 53-year-old man died Saturday morning after falling from a forklift at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Port Hudson.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies do not suspect foul play in the incident, which remains under investigation pending an autopsy, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Joseph “Leon” Boudreaux, a nearly 23-year veteran of the plant’s fine paper shipping division, was found unresponsive around 2:45 a.m. next to a forklift, said Patty Prats-Swanson, the plant’s public affairs manager.

“He was by himself when it happened,” Prats-Swanson said, adding that not much other information was available Saturday night.

Emergency responders at the plant were unable to revive Boudreaux, who was then transported to Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, where he was pronounced dead, Prats-Swanson said.