An explosion at a Tennessee manufacturing facility has resulted in the death of one worker. Three more injured workers were able to escape without suffering life-threatening injury, and the rest of the employees escaped unharmed. The incident occurred approximately 55 miles outside of Nashville on a recent Wednesday. Authorities are still investigating the accident, trying to ascertain what happened.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, several businesses located on the premises maintained federal licenses to possess explosives and ammunitions. However, it is still unknown exactly which business or businesses were involved in the explosion. Approximately 20 employees were inside the building when it exploded. Firefighters arrived on the scene after the blast to extinguish the fire, which had also spread to surrounding wooded areas.
According to the Emergency Management Agency for Humphreys County, the site of the explosion suffered considerable damage. The force of the blast destroyed part of the roof and two walls. Authorities believe that the company that owns the property manufactures explosives on behalf of the aerospace and defense industries.
For the time being, this heartbreaking Tennessee accident appears to remain a mystery. Regardless of how it happened, though, the injured workers who survived this accident will likely qualify to receive workers' compensation benefits to cover the costs of their medical care and time spent unable to work. Also, family members of the individual who was killed may wish to pursue a workers' compensation claim to receive financial compensation to pay for end-of-life expenses and lost family income.
Source: ktvn.com, "Blast at Tennessee plant kills 1, injures 3", Sheila Burke, April 17, 2014