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Workers Hurt in Grain Bin Explosion Get $180M

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Tyler Kirchoff5 years ago

Three victims of the 2010 ConAgra Foods Inc. grain elevator explosion in Illinois have been awarded $180.8 million after a federal jury found the operator grossly negligent for failing to maintain the silo and warn the workers.

Details of the Workplace Injury Case

  • According to court documents, the men were working in an Illinois grain owned by ConAgra when it exploded into flames.
  • The workers were badly burned in the explosion- with one man sustaining burns to 75% of his body.
  • The plaintiffs filed suit, claiming they were not properly warned about conditions inside the bin or about the possibility of an explosion.
  • The jury awarded $180.8 million in punitive damages and actual damages.
  • The final verdict came from a series of suits and counter suits against ConAgra (owner of the grain bin) West Side Salvage Inc. (the company that employed the workers) and A&J Bin Cleaning Inc. (a bin cleaning service). 

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