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Investigators search for cause of fatal industrial accident

A devastating building collapse in another state has resulted in a chaotic aftermath and multiple injuries and fatalities. The accident has left many victims and their families searching for answers as to what was the cause of the frightening collapse. People in Texas who work in a similar environment may be interested in this story, as it is the type of industrial accident that could happen in any state.

According to early reports, emergency responders are not releasing any information on what they believe was the cause of the accident. All that is known at this point is that people living near the plant, which makes specialty food for animals, saw smoke and fire before the entire building collapsed.

There were 38 people inside the plant when it collapsed. Rescue workers were able to get some of the workers out from the wreckage, but extreme cold and high winds prevented them from completing their recovery efforts on the day of the accident and they had to continue their efforts the following day. At least two people died in the accident and dozens more were seriously injured when the structure collapsed.

While the exact cause of the collapse is unknown, some sources speculate that the accident shares similar characteristics to industrial accidents involving excessive grain dust, which can lead to explosions in certain environments. A plant that manufactures animal food could be the very type of building that could explode because of the hazards associated with grain storage.

As investigations into the accident continue, it will be crucial for authorities to determine what caused the explosion and whether anything could have been done to prevent the accident. Depending on these answers, the victims of this devastating industrial accident and their families may want to consider their legal options to pursue compensation.

Source: RNN, "2 dead in Omaha industrial accident," Jan. 20, 2014

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