Pennsylvania is home to many different kinds of manufacturing plants. In Nebraska, two workers were killed and at least another 10 were injured in a factory accident at a facility making nutritional supplements for livestock and poultry. Four of the workers suffered critical injuries. The incident occurred at a plant of International Nutrition, which supplies feed and other products to the industry.
The acting fire chief in Omaha said that 38 people were at the facility at the time of the accident, but authorities had not decided exactly how to classify the incident. Some witnesses reported an explosion, but investigators and company officials said that they didn’t know if one had occurred. An official said that what was known was that a “significant event” caused the catastrophic failure of the building. Apparently the upper two stories of the three-level structure collapsed, their debris falling through to the first floor.
Fifty firefighters responded to the call and provided at least four ladder rescues. One worker was conscious but needed to be extracted from the mess of steel and concrete. It took rescue crews 10 to 15 minutes to cut through enough of the debris to get him out.
This event wasn’t the first time worker safety had been an issue at the company. IN had been fined $10,000 in 2013 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for six safety violations.
Factory worker accidents like a factory explosion are often fatal. Even when people aren’t killed by an on-the-job injury, permanent disability may result, requiring long-term rehabilitation and care. If a factory accident is found to be caused by a negligent employer, criminal and civil penalties could be ordered. Injured factory workers may be entitled to file suit against those held liable.
Source: CNN, “Omaha plant fire claims 2 lives, 10 others injured“, Steve Almasy and Carma Hassan, January 21, 2014