CHICAGO One worker
remains hospitalized after an explosion earlier this month at
Amsted Rail Co. Inc.s Granite City, Ill., foundry.
Of seven employees taken to
hospitals, two were admitted in critical condition and one of
them remains hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in
the March 7 accident in the facilitys cleaning and
finishing area (
amm.com, March 7), a company spokesman said.
Danny Wilson and Reginald
Golliday were flown by helicopter to Mercy Hospital St. Louis,
according to local media reports. Wilson was discharged March
15; Gollidays family has asked that no information be
released, a hospital spokeswoman told AMM.
"We continue to work with (the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration) on their
investigation, and we are conducting an internal investigation
with outside assistance," Wayne Luce, vice president of human
resources and environmental affairs at Chicago-based parent
Amsted Industries Corp., told AMM. "At this point in
time, we arent ready to say exactly what occurred" to
cause the explosion.
Luce said that work in the
affected department resumed March 11 and the company is "pretty
much 100 percent operational."
As part of Amsteds
employee assistance plan, counselors were on site after the
accident to offer help to workers. "We are supportive to the
injured employees, their families and employees throughout the
plant," Luce said.
"Amsted is dedicated to creating
a safe work environment and we are trying to get to the bottom
of the (cause of the) accident, to become safer still," he
The United Steelworkers union
sent an emergency response team to the site within an hour of
the 8 a.m. explosion, team coordinator Allan McDougall said.
The team also provided assistance to injured workers and their
families. Luce confirmed that the union also provided
The union declined to comment
until its investigation is complete.