An Aug. 25 explosion at a Granite City, Illinois, recycling plant has resulted in the deaths of two people and sparked investigations into the history of the plant’s safety record. The identities of the two victims remains unknown at this time, but authorities have released information indicating that a live mortar exploded at the Totall Metal plant killing two employees and injuring another.
A local news agency began an investigation into the company’s ownership and found records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration citing the metal recycling company for over a dozen violations related to safety in just the last five years. Some of the violations included workers being exposed to lead, fumes and death. The violations reportedly occurred at two plants owned by the company, one in Granite City, Illinois, and another in Fairmont City, Illinois.