A North Carolina textile plant recently caught fire for the third time this year. Loose cotton fibers fell into equipment that sparked flames and caused past fires at the Kinston Fibers' plant. The most recent fire's cause is still unknown. The SBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped investigations, which determined the fire started somewhere in a storage area.
Fire officials invested 30 hours of fire fighting efforts in order to extinguish the Kinston blaze. Bales of cotton have been removed from the textile plant and soaked in water to prevent the materials from fueling the fire. The fire already caused three firefighters' injuries.
Workplace safety in North Carolina has been under much scrutiny in recent years. Farmworkers' safety conditions made headlines recently, which is bringing more attention to the Department of Labor's regulations and the lack of safety inspections and enforcement.
If you're worried about your work conditions or the safety of a loved one's workplace, you can file a complaint with the NC Occupational Safety and Health Division. OSH allows complaints filed online. Federal complaints about workplace safety can also be submitted online. Plaintiffs can also download a PDF document and follow the fax instructions on it.
If you or someone you know was injured on the job because of a workplace accident, contact a workers comp and personal injury attorney at Brent Adams & Associates. On-the-job accidents cause thousands of injuries every year, causing innocent workers to lose wages, suffer through painful medical treatments and, in some cases, cause disabilities.