ConAgra plant fire fatality

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In the US, a ConAgra meat processing plant in Indianapolis has
claimed the life of a supervisor after an over-night fire hit the
facility.

In the US, a ConAgra meat processing plant in Indianapolis has claimed the life of a supervisor after an over-night fire hit the facility.

Authorities said David Franz, 49, was apparently overcome by smoke from the fire, which broke out at the ConAgra Foods plant. The plant processes Hebrew National food products. Franz's job was to ensure that food is processed in accordance with Jewish rules and law.

Indianapolis Fire Department investigators traced the cause of the fire to an electrical malfunction in a refrigeration unit. The blaze was largely contained by the building's sprinklers.

Deputy Labour Commissioner Diane Mack said the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun investigating whether any workplace conditions, policies or training contributed to Franz's death.

A ConAgra spokeswoman, vice president Julie DeYoung, said the company was co-operating and investigating as well.

"We're trying to understand the original comment that all employees were out, and that all employees were present,"​ she said. "Obviously we are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague."

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