BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEVER – An employee working at the Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever was seriously injured early Saturday morning.
According to plant spokesman Jesse Harris, the employee suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning. The employee was transported immediately to Great River Medical Center in Burlington and then moved to an Iowa City hospital for further treatment.
The fertilizer plant tested its alarms on Friday morning. In a Monday interview, Harris indicated the alarms that day were part of the start up and testing processes and did not indicate an incident took place at that time.
“I did check with the plant and there were no incidents reported Friday morning, but there were alarm tests,” Harris had said in the Monday article.
Today, Harris said he didn’t want to create any confusion but had checked for earlier dates and not the weekend and with testing going on Friday, those were the alarms and testing he had checked on. Harris said he thought the questions from the Pen City Current were pertaining to earlier in the week.
“I don’t want to create any confusion out there. This was a Saturday incident and we were testing our alarm systems on Friday at 10 a.m. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee and the employee’s family,” he said. “Safety is the foundation of our operations and we will conduct a full review of the incident to determine what, if any, changes are necessary to prevent a similar incident in the future.”