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Explosion and fire kill at least two in Nebraska animal feed plant

22 January 2014

A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant in Omaha, Nebraska, killed at least two and injured a further 17 workers, four critically, the Omaha fire au thorities  said on January 20. Rescuers recovered the body of the second victim on January 21 after spending most of the previous 24 hours stabilising dangling beams and clearing concrete.

Officials had said that the fire at the International Nutrition plant may have been precipitated by an explosion. Thirty-eight employees were believed to have been inside the building at the time, the fire authorities said.

The cause of the accident will be investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In August 2002, a 45-year-old man was crushed to death by a mixing machine at the plant. OSHA fined the company $13,600 for five violations, and one other violation was discovered during an investigation of the accident, according to published reports. Separately, in 2012, OSHA fined the firm $10,430 to settle six other violations.

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