July 20, 2012
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO. (July 20, 3:10 p.m. ET) — One man was killed and another injured in a July 20 industrial accident at a Rexam plc plant in Excelsior Springs.
A 6,000-pound overhead crane, used to move equipment, fell on the two plant employees.
A 55-year-old man died instantly. The other employee, a 51-year-old man, suffered severe injuries, said Lt. Clint Reno of the Excelsior Springs Police Department.
Officials believe the incident was accidental.
“Rexam’s first priority is the safety and wellness of our people and their families,” said Greg Brooke, vice president of corporate affairs for Rexam US, by phone.
The accident is under investigation. Rexam “will be implementing any next steps to assure the safety of our people going forward,” Brooke said.
The 117,000-square-foot plant has 150 employees and manufactures plastic packaging for Rexam’s home and personal-care division, he said.
The plant is being sold as part of the company’s divestiture of its personal-care division, he said, adding that the facility remains a Rexam plant until the sale closes, probably later this year.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to our employee's families as all of Rexam is saddened at what happened at Excelsior Springs today,” the London-based company said in an emailed statement.