ConAgra Foods Workers Injured During 2009 Slim Jim Blast File North Carolina Negligence Lawsuit Against Town of Garner and More than 15 Contractors

April 22, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

Over 20 ConAgra Foods workers who were injured during an explosion at the company’s Slim Jim plant last summer are suing the town of Garner and more than 15 contractors for North Carolina negligence. The workers sustained serious injuries, including emotional trauma and serious burn injuries, during the June 14, 2009 blast that was caused by a natural gas leak. 3 workers died and 38 were hurt. Also included as plaintiffs in the North Carolina negligence lawsuit are the wife of an ex-worker and one contract worker.

Federal investigators say the blast was caused by the improper indoor purging of a gas line that provided the fuel to the water heater. In their North Carolina negligence complaint, the plaintiffs claim that the defendants knew this was taking place but didn’t stop it. The explosion happened as a contractor attempted to light a gas-fired water heater in a pump room. The complaint also contends that the town let contractor Midsouth Industrial Refrigeration Inc. install natural gas and propane lines even though it lacked the proper licenses and limits.

As a worker injured on the job, you are likely entitled to North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits. This precludes you from suing your employee for personal injury or wrongful death. However, you still may be able to file a North Carolina personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death complaint against liable third parties.

Explosions at a workplace can result in serious injuries for those that are lucky enough to survive. Burn injuries, disfigurement, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and emotional trauma are just some of the serious work injuries that can result. You deserve to receive all the injury compensation that you are owed for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other losses.

Workers injured in ConAgra explosion file civil suit, NewsObserver, April 8, 2010

ConAgra workers sue N.C. town,, April 8, 2010

Third Body Found in Slim Jim Plant Explosion Rubble, FoxNews/AP, June 10, 2009

Related Web Resources:
ConAgra Foods

Town of Garner, North Carolina


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