Update: 1 Dead in GM Plant Explosion
General Motors Confirms One Death
According to ABC-6 News, General Motors have released a statement acknowledging the death of a contractor at their metal-stamping plant in Marion, Indiana. The worker has been identified as 48-year-old James L. Gibson.
In their statement, GM also states that four employees are under observation at Marion General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and that four other employees were transported to the hospital but later released.
The conditions or injuries suffered by the individual employees have not been released.
Plant Explosion Being Investigated
Investigators believe bromide and chlorine played a role in the explosion and continue to investigate the matter.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the incident to determine if any violations were committed, leading to the explosion.
The plant was previously cited for a serious safety violation in December 2009 – the plant paid a penalty of $845 in connection with the violation.