The U-S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into Wednesday’s explosion at Sapp Bros. in West Point. Workers were cleaning out propane tanks when the explosion happened around 3:30 pm. Seven people were injured and two were airlifted to Nebraska Medicine in Omaha for treatment.
OSHA spokesperson Rhonda Burke says their investigation will determine if any safety violations contributed to the accident. They will talk to workers, management and those at the work site to find out what caused the explosion.
OSHA has not inspected the West Point facility in the past five years but the company has been inspected five times in the past five years at other locations. Three of those resulted in citations at locations in Omaha, Wyoming and Iowa. In 2006 Sapp Bros. was fined $6,375 for two serious safety violations in Cheyenne, Wyoming when a worker was killed using a cutting torch.