Federal investigators are still trying to determine the cause of an explosion at the JCG Foods feed mill that killed one man and injured five other workers in Rockmart, Georgia. The mill, located about 50 miles from Atlanta, processes chicken feed for nearby farms.
The blast occurred in the middle of the night, when the victims were working the third shift. The explosion was so strong that the mother of the 25-year-old man who was killed said that she felt her house shake a half-mile away. The explosion was reportedly heard some 10 miles away. The young man, a newlywed, who died was pushed out of a window on the second level of the factory by the force of the explosion.
The cause of the explosion is still being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as state and local fire investigators. Firefighters found a gas leak at the site, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed as the cause. The plant had a small dust explosion within the recent past. However, that occurred in a different building and was considerably smaller than the most recent one.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed of the incident. It wasn’t reported whether they have investigators on the case. The federal safety agency received two complaints about the site back in August 2013, but little is known about the nature of those complaints.
When someone is injured or killed in a workplace accident, it’s important to determine what responsibility the employer may bear. While investigators will likely look into the incident, an experienced Atlanta attorney can advise you regarding what action you can take.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Worker killed in Rockmart mill explosion dreamed of starting a family,” Willoughby Mariano, Feb. 07, 2016
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