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Man dies after manufacturing plant explosion

A Tennessee manufacturing plant explosion that occurred during the morning Feb. 22 killed an employee. The fatal accident occurred at a factory that manufactures decoy flares for military use. The man who was killed had suffered burns to more than 90 percent of his body. He died during the evening of Feb. 24 as a result of his injuries.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration are both investigating the explosion. While the ATF expects to be able to determine the cause of the incident fairly quickly, Tennessee OSHA investigators expect to take six to eight weeks to conclude their investigation. OSHA officials will take statements from witnesses, analyze prior accidents that have occurred at the plant, and examine the training and safety protocols used by the facility.

The plant where the explosion occurred has a history of accidents, some of which have caused the deaths of employees. A September 2010 incident was a fire in which three people were severely burned, and one of them died a year after the fire. Two people were burned and one lost consciousness in an April 2011 incident. Journalists from 'The Jackson Sun" indicated that accidents at the plant had killed eight people before 2002.

Employers are obliged to provide a safe working environment to their employees by providing them with proper training and safety equipment. Employers must also ensure that the machinery and materials used in manufacturing processes are maintained and stored properly. Families of workers who are killed in accidents caused by employer negligence sometimes choose to file wrongful death claims in order to seek compensation for burial expenses and other related costs.

Source: The Jackson Sun, "Sheriff confirms that Chemring/Kilgore employee has died from injuries in Saturday's explosion," Feb. 25, 2014

Source: Insurance Journal, "Employee Dies from Injuries in Tennessee Plant Blast", February 26, 2014

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