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UPDATE: OSHA probe of Beverly belt line collapse under way

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Published: Dec. 2, 2015 at 8:57 AM EST
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UPDATE: 12/4/2015 4:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, OH (WTAP)-Officially under way.: an investigation into Wednesday's industrial accident at a former power plant site.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says investigators began their probe Thursday.

They were contacted several hours after Wednesday's belt line collapse, which left a demolition company CEO dead and another worker injured.

" We interview employees, we interview management, we gather documents from the police department and the fire department, and, in this case, agencies like the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers," says Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's Columbus Area Director. "Basically, what we're looking for is how the accident occurred, and how we can prevent a future accident."

OSHA's website says the Adamo Demolition Co. was penalized for two serious safety violations during a routine inspection in 2011.

The agency says investigations of accidents like this take about six months to complete.


UPDATE 12/3/15 12:11 PM

35-year-old Achamed Huissian, a worker injured in Wednesday's AEP plant demolition project, is in serious condition at Marietta Memorial Hospital.


UPDATE 12/2/15 3:03 PM

According to FOX 2 in Detroit, John Adamo, the president of a well-known construction company called Adamo Group, has died in this construction accident.

The Detroit-based company was working on demolition of the AEP Muskingum River Plant.


Update: 12/2/2015 5:20 P.M.

While the circumstances of this accident are different, this is another in a series of tragic events that have happened during the past five decades in and nearby the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Tina Kidd lives near the plant site off Ohio route 60 and heard the belt collapse.

She says the structure was to be taken down around nine A.M. Wednesday, and that a warning of that demolition had been sounded at 8:15 A.M.

That was about ten minutes before the mishap happened.

"I wasn't expecting it to go down (right away)," recalled Kidd, who lives across Meigs Creek from the former AEP plant. "Everyone was saying 9:00. I just happened to be outside, and I just looked over, and that's when I saw it go down."

For the community of Beverly and its residents, learning of this fatal accident was nearly as devastating as hearing the plant itself was being shut down.

"Any time you have an accident like this, it's not good news for the community,"said Beverly Mayor Rex Kenyon. "What the long-term impact is, we really don't know. I'm sure there will be an investigation as to the cause of it."

Mayor Kenyon asks area residents to keep the victims of the accident in their thoughts and prayers.


UPDATE 12/2/15 10:31 AM

Officials say the two people trapped in the belt line collapse in Beverly have been rescued and are on their way to the hospital.


Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks has confirmed that part of a “belt line” serving the AEP plant in Beverly, OH, has collapsed near Ohio Route 60, trapping at least two people.

Ohio Route 60 is open to traffic.

Multiple emergency crews are on the scene or en route.

WTAP has a news crew en route to the scene and will have more details when available.