Omaha animal feed plant collapse kills 2 workers

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Omaha, NE, United States (4E) – Firefighters resumed work on Tuesday to recover the body of a worker under the rubble of the collapsed livestock feed factory building in south-central Omaha.

The 25-man recovery team that includes heavy rigging specialists and structural engineers will stabilize the structure and remove overhead hazards in the International Nutrition building, which collapsed and caught fire around 10 a.m. on Monday.

Two workers were killed and 10 others were injured in the industrial accident. One of the dead victims’ bodies was recovered Monday afternoon but firefighters postponed the recovery of the second body as loose pieces of metals that were banging due to gusty winds posed danger to them. Recovered around 5:15 p.m. in the second floor of the collapsed three-storey building was the body of Keith Everett, 53, of Omaha, according to Interim Fire Chief Bernard Kanger.

The second dead victim was identified by his family as David Ball, 47.

There were 38 people inside the plant when it collapsed. Four suffered serious injuries while six others had minor injuries. All were taken to different area hospitals for treatment of burns, smoke inhalation, broken ribs and hypothermia. One firefighter also injured his hand.

One of the injured workers said he heard an explosion and debris started to fall. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors are also at the scene at 7706 I Plaza Tuesday to determine the cause of the accident.

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