Occupational Safety and Health Administration officially opened an investigation into Monday’s deadly industrial accident at International Nutrition in Omaha.
U-S Department of Labor Director of Public Affairs Scott Allen says this will be a very complex investigation into an accident that claimed two lives and collapsed part of the structure.
Allen says OSHA has up to six months to complete the investigation and it could take that long. Federal inspectors have started conducting interviews with the owner, employees and other witnesses. They are also working with local emergency responders, the owners and ATF to determine when it is safe to go into the facility to start their investigation.
Allen says International Nutrition has a history of violations with OSHA. In 2012 it was issued six citations and fined $10,430 for electrical safety standards and machine guarding violations. A worker was trapped in an auger and killed in 2002. Scott says they were cited and fined for violations then as well.