Worker dies, another hospitalized after ADM plant incident
One worker died and another was hospitalized after both men lost consciousness at the Archer Daniels Midland ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Co-workers reportedly found the two unconscious victims in the facility’s corn wet mill area, where the corn is fermented, just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
One of the workers, a 50-year-old man, was pronounced dead at a Cedar Rapids hospital.
The other worker, a 46-year-old man, was reportedly being treated at another hospital.
Radio Iowa reported the surviving victim was listed in stable condition.
A statement issued by the Cedar Rapids Fire Department reportedly said the “oxygen-deficient environment” where the men were working may have caused them to lose consciousness.
The incident remained under investigation.