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Man Killed in McEwen Plant Explosion

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According to the Associated Press, federal officials are investigating an explosion at the Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen that killed a worker on April 18.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is investigating the explosion. Aside from the death, three injuries occurred. The plant is located about 55 miles west of Nashville.

“We do not have any indication of a criminal or a terrorist act with this event,” ATF spokesman Michael Knight said, according to the AP.

The AP reported that the worker killed in the accident was identified as Rodney Edwards. The other workers who were injured, Sheila Edwards and Joey Clark, were treated at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

A news release from Rio’s parent company, Maxam, said the plant produced shotgun cartridges, and the blast occurred during the company’s cartridge loading operations. The explosion reportedly occurred in an area that is home to several other businesses that make explosives or ammunition.

What Should I Do If My Loved One Is Injured Or Killed On The Job?

If your loved one is killed on the job, you should look into a wrongful death case, in which you can recover damages for his or her loss.

Tennessee law requires that two elements be established in wrongful death cases: that a human being’s death was brought about because of the willful or negligent disregard of someone else, and that the loss of love, care, guidance, supervision, comfort, household assistance, and general social structure was established before the person’s death.

Additionally, if you or a loved one is injured on the job, your family may be entitled to seek relief through workers’ compensation. This is a tragic reminder that workplace accidents are common; impairments sustained on the job can include severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These problems can result from slip and falls, as well as ladder and transportation accidents, and workplace violence.

Do not become a victim; hold the person or businesses accountable in order to cover your medical bills, lost wages and suffering if you are injured on the job. Seek legal representation today.

“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Davis’ Words of Wisdom: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 18 slip and fall deaths at Tennessee workplaces in 2012.


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