GRANITE CITY, Ill. - Public officials have still not released the names of two employees killed when a live mortar exploded at Totall Metal recycling in Granite City, IL Monday morning.
As we wait for more answers, a relative of one of the victims told us his uncle never felt safe there. NewsChannel 5 started looking into the company and its ownership and found that OSHA cited Totall Metals for more than a dozen safety violations during the past five years, involving exposure to lead, fumes and dust. These violations were cited at both of their plants in Granite City and Fairmont City, Ill.
Granite City police said the mortar explosion was an accident, but two employees are dead and another injured.
Now OSHA investigators are looking into the facilities' safety standards.
In the past, every fine levied against this company has been appealed and cut in half.
As for the current investigation, OSHA officials tell me they are focusing on what if any safety standards are in place to protect workers from live munitions.
A spokesperson of Totall Metals said, "We have extensive safety protocols in place but it is important to understand employees should not come into contact with any live munitions."
The spokesperson also said, "The Totall Metal Recycling family suffered a tragic loss this week. While we will resume business operations on Wednesday, August 27, we will have grief counselors on hand to assist our employees during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families, friends and loved ones impacted by this incident."