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An Incredibly Sad Story from Earlham

More information is coming out a terrible accident in Earlham...


A worker died in an explosion Tuesday evening.

The explosion occurred at the Martin Marietta Aggregate Earlham Quarry at 1774 115th Street just east of Earlham, Iowa.

A Madison County Sheriff said Tracey Hockmeier, 42, of Winterset had been blasting rock when the accident occurred. Hockmeier was walking away from the routine blast when debris hit and killed him.

The explosion happened around 6:30 p.m. about 2 miles from the main gate of the facility.

Madison County sheriff Jason Barnes said an incident of this kind is uncommon.

"I've never seen it happen yet," said Barnes. "The staff down there said it's very rare."

Federal officials and the state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the incident.

What an absolutely tragic accident. One that will affect the family for the rest of their lives. It's important that while the family is able to take the time they need to grieve, it's important that there's someone in their corner looking out to ensure that the family will receive the deceased employee's rightful compensation.

If you have been injured while on the job, or doing a job-related activity, you are eligible for workers' compensation. It's imperative that you know your company's policy, but as we've seen far too often, sometimes those polices are filled with exceptions that have been put in to try and keep your employer from being liable.

We fight for you, the worker. You have rights, and it's our priority to make sure you know your rights, and that you are compensated correctly. You've worked too hard not get what you have rightfully earned.

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