Update Regarding Iatan Construction Site Accident
KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Friday morning, May 23, Alstom, KCPL’s principal contractor for the Iatan construction project, had an accident involving a large crane at the Iatan construction site. Four contractors were injured, including one fatality. The remaining three injured contractors were taken to local area hospitals, where they were treated for their injuries and subsequently released. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the injured and deceased.
Following is a statement from Bill Downey, chief executive officer of KCP&L:
“Safety is of paramount importance to all of us at KCP&L. This morning, the Iatan construction workforce returned to site and safety 'stand-downs' were held with all personnel. Because the majority of workers were released from the job site immediately following the accident, the meetings provided an opportunity for them to ask questions and learn about the steps taken since the accident. During the meeting, the importance of safety on the job site was reemphasized. In addition, grief counselors are on site and are available to all personnel over the next few days.
“We have taken several immediate steps to launch recovery efforts and undertake the formal accident review process. These steps include preserving the evidence at the accident site, maintaining the quarantine area in its original state, and developing teams tasked with all aspects of the recovery process.
“This evaluation and investigation process is ongoing and will take an extended period of time. We are working with OSHA investigators on-site as they conduct their investigation. Determining the root cause will require extensive analysis. Alstom, we and other involved parties have retained independent experts to assist with various parts of the investigation.”
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