An employee of a local plant is in a Denver hospital recovering from an accident that occurred Monday, July 4, at the American Colloid Company bentonite processing plant east of Lovell.
The company is not releasing the name of the injured employee because they hadn’t checked with the family by press time, according to AMCOL Environmental Health and Safety Director Kelvin Roth. AMCOL is the parent company of ACC and CETCO. Roth and AMCOL Director of Manufacturing Jeff Campbell were at the Lovell plant Tuesday to meet with plant manager Steve Wilkerson and other ACC employees. They were waiting Tuesday morning for a team from the Mine Safety and Heath Administration to arrive to begin an investigation about the injury.
The employee was initially taken to North Big Horn Hospital and flown to Denver Health Hospital for treatment. The injury was to the employee’s right hand and forearm, according to plant officials.
Officials said they have sealed access to the area in the plant where the accident occurred, and they have evaluated the rest of the plant to ensure safety.
“What happens in one of our plants affects all of us,” Roth said. “I’m sure Lovell is a tight-knit community. So is AMCOL.”
The team expected MSHA representatives to arrive mid-day Tuesday to begin the investigation.
“The goal of the investigation is to find out what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Roth said.
Plant Manager Steve Wilkerson said the pant would provide more details about the outcome of the investigation as they become available.
By Brad Devereaux