An industrial explosion left one worker burned in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village. Emergency responders believe an ammonia leak at the facility was responsible for the blast.
On July 7, 2017, shortly after 7:00 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Grecian Delight Foods processing plant, located at 1201 Tonne Road. According to police, two parts of the building were blown out by the explosion. A water main also broke at the facility, flooding the parking lot.
An estimated 100 people were working in the plant at the time of the explosion and were evacuated to another company building a few blocks away. Approximately 125 people from four neighboring businesses were also evacuated.
In addition to police and firefighters, a hazardous materials team was also called to the site of the explosion because of an ammonia leak. The ammonia was likely used in the building’s refrigeration system. The hazmat team was able to stop the ammonia leak at approximately 10:00 a.m., but the fire chief warned that it could take several hours to get rid of the liquid ammonia and its vapors. Crews were also directing the ammonia vapors away from nearby homes.
The explosion left an unidentified female worker burned. She was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center for treatment. A hazmat technician was also taken to the hospital for exhaustion.
Industrial Explosion Litigation
Industrial explosion litigation is rarely a simple matter, either legally or factually. It demands comprehensive knowledge not only of the applicable law but also of the industry. Large multi-million-dollar companies have vast resources available to fight industrial explosion cases, and years of experience doing so, all to make sure that they pay the injured as little as possible. Multiple parties may also be involved, and the failure to identify and pursue the responsible parties in a timely fashion could forever bar an injured person from obtaining the financial compensation he or she deserves.
For all these reasons, you should be careful to choose an attorney with experience in industrial explosion cases, like the personal injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers.
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