One man died and another is in critical condition after they were found unconscious at a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.
A 55 year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and a 65 year-old man was taken to the hospital with serious injures last month after they, investigators believe, inhaled toxic fumes while mixing two or more compounds together at the Vivid Image Inc. plant. Paramedics that arrived at the plant reported smelling a strong chemical odor.
The men are believed to have been the only two employees in the building at the time of the accident. An investigation is currently underway and OSHA is expected to conduct its own investigation as well.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited a West Virginia chemical plant for 18 violations following a blast that killed two workers. This explosion was the third for the plant in the past 15 years.
The explosion occurred on December 9 and is thought to have been caused by flammable chemicals and an unsafe water sprinkler. The OSHA cited a willful violation to the plant, saying that it knew the sprinkler was unsafe but chose to use it anyway. Other violations included not keeping a record of worker injuries and for not providing over-pressure protections or a hydrogen gas detection system.
The plant has been fined $154,000 for the 18 violations.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed while working at a manufacturing plant, please contact the Des Moines manufacturing accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.