Garner, North Carolina ConAgra Plant to cut 321 Jobs after Explosion | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The ConAgra food plant located in Garner, North Carolina (NC) plans to cut 300 hourly and 21 salaried positions from their payroll following a plant explosion that occurred earlier this summer.

The initial explosion resulted from contract employees installing a water line and accidentally leaking natural gas into the plant. The ConAgra food plant exploded causing the roof to collapse and trap dozens of employees. Three employees died as a result of the blast. Several dozen employees were sent to local North Carolina (NC) hospitals where they were treated for their injuries.

After the explosion the ConAgra food company initially provided full pay and benefits to workers. However, the plant will soon cut pay to any worker still out of work as a result of their injuries in addition to the 321 lay offs the company plans to initiate. These workers are eligible to apply for Worker’s Compensation Benefits.

When my colleague, Jim Lewis, originally wrote about the ConAgra plant explosion in June an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the blast. While it has now been determined that the explosion was accidental, several people of Garner are feeling little relief. The untimely loss of the three plant employees; Barbara McLean, Lewis Watson and Rachel Pulley, and the added stress of loss of pay for those still suffering from their injuries is a tragic situation.

As a personal injury attorney I have seen several cases were Worker’s Compensation Benefits fail to provide what is needed for families out of work. If you find yourself injured and out of work due to an accident at your company a personal injury attorney may be able to assist you in getting back on your feet financially.

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