A second body has been recovered from the wreckage left in wake of a fiery industrial accident at an Omaha feed plant.
Search and rescue crews lifted the body of 47-year-old David Ball from what is left of the International Nutrition plant late Tuesday afternoon. He and 53-year-old Keith Everett died in the accident.
The search for Ball’s body ended Monday when it was determined weather and conditions posed too grave a risk for crews to continue.
Crews with the Omaha Fire Department and Task Force One out of Lincoln resumed rescue efforts on Tuesday after workers better secured the badly damaged building.
Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger praised the work of the crews to get to the body.
“And after hours of hard work, under extremely dangerous conditions, members of both teams were able to recover the victim,” Kanger told reporters during a briefing.
The cause of the plant collapse and fire remain unknown. Workers reported hearing an explosion.
Ten other workers suffered injuries in the accident. Four suffered critical injuries and have been hospitalized. Six others suffered less severe injuries.
Kanger says the investigation into what caused the accident continues.
“At this time, the Omaha Planning Department has placarded this structure as unsafe and dangerous, which means that nobody can enter the structure,” according to Kanger. “The property owner is going to have to secure the structure and provide security for this building, pending the OSHA investigation.”
Kanger said that with the recovery of Ball’s body all workers have now been accounted for. There were 38 workers in the factory at the time of the explosion, building collapse, and fire. Two died. Ten suffered injuries.
The roof of the feed plant as well as the third floor partially caved in, coming to rest on the second floor. Rescue workers found Everett dead on Monday. They found Ball dead Tuesday afternoon. The bodies were found in different areas of the factory.
International Nutrition manufactures feed products, including animal supplements.
Karla James contributed to this story.