According to WRAL.com, next month the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will present findings of its investigation into the devastating ConAgra Foods plant explosion on June 9, 2010, near Raleigh, NC. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Sheraton Hotel, at 421 S. Salisbury St. in Raleigh. Recommendations are expected to follow. Three NC workplace deaths resulted from the explosion and many other workers were seriously burned. One contractor also died from injuries received in the explosion. Hundreds of NC workers lost their jobs when the plant shut down, then reopened with fewer employees.
Investigators with the Chemical Safety Board and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said last summer that the explosion was caused by an improperly vented natural gas. ConAgra was fined $106,400 for 28 workplace safety violations. Energy Systems, a contractor installing the water heater, was fined $58,100 for 27 safety violations that led to the NC workplace deaths.
To be covered by workers’ comp NC workplace deaths must be related to an injury by accident or occupational disease and occur within a specified time frame. A deceased workers family or next of kin should immediately notify the employer and the NC Industrial Commission of an on-the-job death in North Carolina. Workers’ comp death benefits are payable first to persons wholly dependent on the injured worker, then to those partially dependent. Benefits are generally paid weekly. For more information about workers’ comp death benefits in NC please click here.
Kevin Bunn is an experienced NC workers’ compensation attorney and is a Board Certified Specialist is NC Workers’ Compensation Law. Kevin has successfully represented the families of workers who were killed on the job in North Carolina. Please call or email today for your free consultation with Raleigh area workers’ comp lawyer Kevin Bunn.