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Garner, NC, Meat Plant Explosion Raises NC Workers’ Comp Questions


Posted on Jun 24, 2009

slim jim explosionA few weeks after the fatal Slim Jim plant explosion in Garner, North Carolina, federal agents are assessing the damages and piecing together what went wrong. The families of those killed in the North Carolina meat plant explosion are coming to grips with the consequences of their losses and how workers' compensation will provide them with support in the wake of tragedy. While the families of the deceased and the injured workers are all entitled to workers' compensation benefits, these may not cover all medical expenses and do not take into account other damages, such as pain and suffering.

The explosion took place on Tuesday morning - although investigators still have no idea what caused the deadly blow that killed three people, injured 38 people, and left four workers with serious burns over half of their bodies. One investigator told an Associated Press reporter that they were not even sure if the explosion was an accident at this point in time.

ConAgra Foods, Inc., the owner of the meat factory, also sent a private team to investigate the industrial accident. For the food company, finding evidence that they were not liable for the explosion will be key in the wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits that may very well follow in the months and years to come.

Federal investigators are sitting down with each worker this week for in-depth interviews regarding the accident, while others are assessing the physical damages of the 500,000 square foot plant, half of which was damaged in the explosion.

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