It was a typical work day inside the ConAgra food plant in Garner, North Carolina (NC), the company that makes Slim Jims. Over 200 ConAgra employees were inside the planet as well as a third party company, Energy Systems Analysts Inc., when a sudden explosion tore through the packaging area of the plant causing the roof to collapse, several small fires, and an ammonia leak. 71 employees were sent to the hospital and three employees were found dead inside the facility.
An investigation was opened by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board which found that a natural gas explosion was to blame for the initial accident. Meanwhile, with the plant being temporarily shut down and many employees hospitalized from the explosion the entire Garner, North Carolina (NC) community began to suffer. Now, months later, a fourth victim has died from injuries he sustained in the accident. Curtis Ray Poppe of Hickory, North Carolina died in the hospital after he was unable to heal from his injuries. Curtis Ray Poppe worked for Energy Systems Analysts Inc.
The lawyers at Shapiro & Appleton have been following the ConAgra Foods explosion since the initial blast in June and we were truly saddened to learn that another death has occurred after so much tragedy has already been seen. It is our hopes that everyone who was injured, laid-off, or had a family member die in this accident reach a full recovery soon.
No employee should get injured or even killed at the job site, but tragically it does happen. If you or a loved one were hurt on the job, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you need for medical bills, time off work, and your pain and suffering.