Renewable Energy, LLC, also known as SIRE, announced a dangerous ethanol fire at one of its facilities earlier this month. Fortunately, soon after the fire erupted, the company was able to get it under control. Although no SIRE employees were injured in the incident, a truck driver did suffer injuries.
The driver was hurt while loading ethanol. According to an announcement issued by the president and chief executive officer of SIRE, the organization was thankful that none of its own employees were injured, and its thoughts were with the injured truck driver while he recovers from his injuries and receives medical care. The CEO further announced that SIRE was thankful for the quick responses of the Council Bluffs, Carter Lake and Louis Township fire departments that responded to the scene of the fire. As of last reports, damages caused by the fire and the cause of the fire were still being investigated.
SIRE processes approximately 125 million gallons of ethanol annually and is situated on a 275-acre piece of property in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The company has been in production since February 2009. Its produces ethanol, corn syrup, distillers grains and corn oil, which are sold throughout the continental United States, Pacific Rim and Mexico.
Injured Iowa employees who are hurt while performing their job duties will almost always be covered by workers' compensation insurance. However, that does not mean that it will be perfectly easy and straightforward to secure the workers' compensation benefits an injured employee deserves. In some cases, obstacles may arise, and a workers' compensation benefits lawyer can be very helpful in an employees' efforts to secure the highest level of compensation available.
Source: AgWeb, "Iowa Worker Injured in Ethanol Plant Fire," Oct. 12, 2016