The new year did not start well for the Archer Daniels Midland Co corn processing plant.in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On the 2nd of January one worker died and another was hospitalised after they became unconscious while working at the plant.
According to reports the two men were preparing a fermentation tank for maintenance and encountered "an oxygen-deficient environment," causing them to lose consciousness, the Cedar Rapids fire department said in a statement.
The men were found unconscious. Later, one man, Jon D. Usher aged 50 was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. The other victim, aged 46 has not been named, was reported in stable condition at another local hospital.
ADM said it was working with officials to determine the cause of the incident.
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