This week, the bodies of two people were found at a Northrup Grumman site in Utah. Not much is known about what happened. KUTV-TV in Utah says the victims were “killed,” but they don’t have any proof to back up their claim.
Roxanne Vainuku from the West Valley City Police Department said that police were sent to the company’s building at 6478 W. 5400 South in Magna, which is about twelve miles west of Salt Lake City, just after 6 p.m. on Monday. According to KSL-TV, Vainuku also said that two workers were found unconscious but didn’t say anything else. He only said that the “victims” were given medical care by fire department crews before being taken to a hospital, where they were declared dead.
“Fire Department crews attempted life saving measures and transported the two employees to the hospital where they were ultimately pronounced deceased,” Vainuku said.
“The Occupational Health and Safety Administration will conduct an investigation into this incident. West Valley City Police will coordinate with OSHA on the investigation,” she added.
Police said they wouldn’t know for sure if the two people died in a hazmat situation until autopsies are done and results are in from the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office. The victims haven’t been named yet.
A Newsweek story said that a Northrop Grumman employee was not honest about giving information.
“We can confirm that two employees passed away at the Bacchus facility on January 30. We are deeply saddened by this news,” the representative said.
“The Northrop Grumman team all shares in this grief. Out of respect for the privacy of the employees and the families, we are not releasing any further details,” the representative said
There wasn’t much information in the company’s announcement about what happened.
“Family members have been notified, and we will be working with our employee assistance program for support and family services,” the statement said.
“Our employees are our most valued part of our business and this is a tragedy that affects our entire workforce,” the statement said.
KUTV-TV was told by Eric Olsen of Utah Occupational Safety and Health that the investigation into what happened will only look into some parts of it.
“It is important to note that we do not investigate the accident or fatality itself but rather, we investigate whether there were any violations of adopted safety and health standards. If violations are found then citations may follow. Timing on investigations varies but by statute we have up to 180 days to complete an investigation,” he said.
In response, Olsen said he wasn’t able to say anything about the issue.
Northrop Grumman has 90,000 workers across the country and is a major military and aerospace contractor. They are currently the main contractor for the B-21 bomber, which is a high-tech, long-range, stealth bomber that many people see as the Air Force’s next wave of bombs. The B-21 bomber is an example of the cutting edge technology that Northrup Grumman is working on and looks like it will be very useful to the Air Force.
It’s been worrying that more people are dying at work over the past few years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These depressing numbers show that deaths on the job are on the rise, which is very bad news for people’s safety and health at work.
In a news statement on December 16, 2022, the bureau talked about the numbers from 2021 and the trends that had been seen.
“There were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2021, an 8.9 percent increase from 4,764 in 2020,” the press release read.
“The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTE in 2020 and up from the 2019 pre-pandemic rate of 3.5.
“The 3.6 fatal occupational injury rate in 2021 represents the highest annual rate since 2016. A worker died every 101 minutes from a work-related injury in 2021.”
The press release continued: “Suicides continued to trend down, decreasing to 236 in 2021 from 259 in 2020, an 8.9-percent decrease. Workers in transportation and material moving occupations experienced a series high of 1,523 fatal work injuries in 2021 and represent the occupational group with the highest number of fatalities.
“This is an increase of 18.8 percent from 2020.Transportation incidents remained the most frequent type of fatal event in 2021 with 1,982 fatal injuries, an increase of 11.5 percent from 2020.
“This major category accounted for 38.2 percent of all work-related fatalities for 2021.”