Federal investigators say nine overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused three floors to collapse in January, killing two people.
The management of International Nutrition issued this state in response to the OSHA findings:
"International Nutrition is fully committed to maintaining a safe working environment for its employees. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and loved ones of Keith Everett and David Ball as well as those injured in accident. All of the injured employees have been released from the hospital and many returned to work at International Nutrition while we rebuild the facility.
International Nutrition has been cooperating fully with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine the cause of the collapse of a portion of the Company's facility. Today, we learned that OSHA has announced several citations related to alleged safety violations at our facility. While we are disappointed in the conclusions arrived at by OSHA, we continue to work towards determining the cause of the accident.
With respect to the accident, OSHA has cited International Nutrition under the "General Duty Clause," which means that there is no allegation the Company violated a specific standard related to this unfortunate accident. OSHA, has, however, cited the Company for a "Willful" violation. We disagree strongly with OSHA's conclusions. We especially disagree that Company officials knew of any condition, which could have contributed to the collapse of our building. None of the other citations relate, in any way, to the accident.
We look forward to presenting the facts demonstrating our commitment to employee safety —– both before the January 20 accident and afterward. At the same time, we welcome the opportunity to work with OSHA to continue to improve employee safety at our facility."
OSHA cited International Nutrition for 13 violations of safety and health rules and regulators are proposing $120,560 in penalties.