Investigations and recovery efforts are continuing regarding the factory explosion in Omaha that occurred on Monday, January 20. According to Bernie Kanger, the Interim Fire Chief in Omaha, it could be weeks before the investigation is complete.
The explosion took place a little after 10 a.m. at an International Nutrition factory, which produces animal food supplements. According to ABC News, at least two people died in the explosion, 10 others were taking to the hospital for treatment, and seven others were injured but denied treatment. There were a total of 38 people in the factory at the time of the incident.
Due to the cold and uncertain structural integrity of the building, rescue workers have not been able to clear the entire building.
Unfortunately, this tragic accident is not the first to affect this factory. In fact, since 2000, OSHA has given the factory over 10 citations, including one in 2002 stemming from a fatal incident.
An explosion at an Air Liquide gas factory in LaPorte, Texas seriously injured one employee, and rescue workers are currently searching for another missing employee. According to the Houston Chronicle, the explosion occurred at 7:38 a.m. on Saturday at the plant, which mixes industrial gases like argon, nitrogen, and oxygen for use in containers that are used in the processing of electronics, beverages, and food products.
Our thoughts are with the families of the injured and missing individuals, and we wish them a speedy recovery. Please continue to check Williams Kherkher’s legal blog for updates on this developing story.