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OSHA investigation starts after feed supplement factory collapse

Tennessee work safety advocates may have heard that the body of a worker killed at a Nebraska manufacturing facility was recovered by authorities. The workplace accident, which killed two people and injured another 17, was being investigated by agents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Investigators braved extremely cold temperatures and an unstable structure to determine what happened at the three-story International Nutrition plant in Omaha. The factory manufactures nutritional goods added to feed eaten by poultry and livestock.

The structure where the reported explosion and fire took place was in such a crumpled and unstable condition that a structural engineer was needed to accompany an elite team of firefighters in their effort to recover one of the bodies remaining inside. That victim's identity had not been released to the media at the time of a local television news station's report. The other victim's body had been recovered the night before the second was extracted.

Although witnesses said they saw an explosion, the marketing manager for International Nutrition contradicted that, saying that there had been only the collapse of the building. The manager asked the public to allow the investigation to be completed before speculating on the collapse's cause. Of the 17 people injured in the incident, 10 were transported to area hospitals. Four of those 10 had left the hospital by time of the news report.

A serious workplace injury accident may cause permanent disability that ends a victim's working life. Lost wages, medical expenses and other financial costs may be incurred due to a construction site accident or other workplace accident. Workers' compensation may be a lifeline in these unfortunate situations, and employees suffering a back injury or neck injury on the job may be entitled to these benefits.

Source: News Channel 5, "Workers Seek To Recover Body, Find Collapse Cause", January 21, 2014

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