Posted On: April 22, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Two Illinois Workers Killed in Separate Accidents

A Champaign worker is dead from an Illinois work accident at the ACH Food plant. Kurt Davis was pronounced dead at the accident site this morning. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

A co-worker reportedly found him inside an empty rail car located in one of the buildings. He had been preparing the car for the loading of vegetable oil. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the agency is conducting an investigation into is death.

Last week, another Illinois man died in a work accident. This incident occurred in Missouri at the Holcim Inc. cement plant. Vincent Lavite, a Wood River resident, had to be airlifted to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lavite, who was not employed at the plant, was an outside contractor.

If you have been injured in an Illinois work accident, an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer can make sure you receive all of your benefits. Your attorney can also determine whether any OSHA violations were factors in causing your work accident.

Last Tuesday in Galva, investigators say a machine that malfunctioned caused a spark that triggered a number of dust explosions at the All-Feed Processing and Packaging plant. Three workers were injured from the blasts. They were treated and later released.

OSHA investigators arrived at the Illinois work accident site to determine if these recent blasts were connected to OSHA violations that were issued against the company a few months ago. The All-Feed Processing and Packaging plant was cited for 28 OSHA health and safety violations and fined tens of thousands of dollars.

Violations were issued for electrical issues, fire hazards, and other serious safety issues. Some of the violations were accompanied by the term “willfull,” which means that company knew that they were occurring. The OSHA’s probe could take up to six months. The plant owner says the explosions are not connected to the previous OSHA violations.

ACH employee dies in accident at plant in Champaign,, April 22, 2009

Owner says Galva explosion isn't linked to OSHA violations, WQAD, April 14, 2009

Owner says Galva explosion isn't linked to OSHA violations, WQAD, April 14, 2009

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