Three Workers Injured In Missouri Firework Plant Explosion
March 6, 2012
Three workers at a Missouri fireworks manufacturing facility were injured in an explosion Tuesday. According to reports from KSDK 5 News, the explosion occurred around 7:00 a.m. at the Global Pyrotechnic Solutions plant on Sunset Drive in Dittmer.
A spokesman for the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, Captain Ralph Brown, stated that employees reported hearing and seeing a flash explosion in one of the buildings where the three men were working. Two men, ages 22 and 23-years-old, were injured in the explosion and taken to St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, where they were treated and released. A 33-year-old worker suffered serious burns as a result of the explosion and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms will lead the investigation into the incident with assistance from the state fire marshal.
This is not the company’s first accident that resulted in employee injuries or deaths. The company experienced three accidents over an 18-month period 13 years ago that led to two employee deaths and six others being injured. The owners of the company at the time pled guilty to crimes associated with the accident in 2004 and received a 13-month prison sentence and were fined $6,000.
The Missouri Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers believe employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe on the job and work to help those who have been victimized by employer negligence.