An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is underway after a blast in a fertilizer plant in Creston that killed a 71-year-old worker and injured several others, whotv.com reported.
Although the chemical plant produces fertilizer, carbon dioxide and dry ice, the explosion allegedly was not caused by a chemical catalyst. Instead, the culprit of the industrial blast at the Green Valley Chemical Plant was a four-inch pipe. Creston Fire Chief Todd Jackson said workers were adjusting valves in an attempt to increase heat in the building. The pipe burst due to highly pressurized air. Tragically, this accident claimed the life of Eldon Ray Jr., who worked at the plant for 15 years. The incident also injured two other people.
Authorities said the explosion was so powerful, it reverberated throughout the town and damaged a six inch safety grade window.
The attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., extend heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragic incident.
An online report published by the Clinton Herald on Saturday, January 18 stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Iowa Division of Labor are currently investigating the death of Charles M. Wilson, 63. Wilson died in a Walmart storage room in Clinton on January 1.
Executive officer of OSHA Jens Nissen said in an interview that the investigation hopes to be concluded within six months. Meanwhile, a spokesperson with the company claimed Walmart is currently working with OSHA on the investigation.
Wilson sustained injuries after falling off a ladder in the store’s storage room. He was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but was pronounced dead five days later.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents can be fatal, causing painful and tragic losses such as this. If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident in Des Moines, talk with a lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., about pursuing workers’ compensation and benefits to help you through this difficult time. We can be reached at 877-327-2600.