Posted On: June 18, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

NC Slim Jim Plant Collapse Injures 20, 2 Missing

On June 9, 2009, two people were unaccounted for after an explosion at a Slim Jim meat products plant in North Carolina. According to this Associated Press article on, an Emergency Medical Services official said a third person initially declared missing was found and went to the hospital along with 20 other people. Authorities were still searching for two others but it wasn’t clear whether they were inside the building.

Five people who were injured had serious conditions. The article said several workers reported hearing an explosion before the collapse and the workplace injuries ranged from burns to smoke inhalation. Emergency crews were keeping people away because of an ammonia leak.

The Slim Jim plant workers here who sustained any injuries are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through the employer. These benefits often are inadequate and may not be enough to cover a worker and his/her family, especially if the incident involves serious injuries that could keep the worker away from his/her job for a long time. It may be in the worker’s best interest, however, to also contact an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who can carefully examine the incident to identify any negligence or wrongdoing.

An experienced attorney would also look into a “third party claim.”These are claims that are filed against parties that are not the worker’s employer. It could be a contractor, a sub-contractor, or even the manufacturer of a defective product. If it is determined that one of those parties was responsible for the accident and any injuries, then they could be held liable.

Any worker who has sustained an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim. The injury can occur while traveling on business, doing a work-related errand, attending a required business-related social function, or even while on a break or using restroom facilities and you are still legally covered by workers compensation.

Whether your injury was a simple slip and fall, or involves serious injuries, Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano can help you. These dedicated and skilled PA work injury lawyers will do everything possible to get the monetary compensation that is owed to you to help pay medical bills, physical therapy, loss of work and more.