Preventable Accident? Silverton, OR Seed Cleaning Facility Fire Claims Life of One Worker.

Portland, OR Seed Cleaning Facility Fire Claims Life of One Worker.

Silverton, OR Seed Cleaning Facility Fire Claims Life of One Worker. (

Was safety negligence or an equipment malfunction a factor in this loss of life and could it have been prevented?  Read ‘Our Legal Take’ below to find out if the victim’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation.

Portland News

A worker was killed in a fire at a seed cleaning facility in Silverton on Tuesday morning.

As reported by, “Silverton Fire District firefighters responded to the reported explosion and fire around 9 a.m. and saw heavy, dark smoke and flames from several miles away.” is reporting, “[i]nitial reports indicated three people might be trapped on the structure’s second floor, prompting a three-alarm fire call and request for more fire engines from nearby communities.”

According to the report, “[w]ith flames and smoke engulfing the plant’s second floor, firefighters aggressively attacked the blaze, but found a missing person had died inside. Another worker was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.” is reporting,  “[i]nvestigators said it is suspected that a dust explosion occurred, which spread fire through the second story of the structure.”

Read Our Legal Take below to learn whether the victim’s family may have an avenue to justice.

Our Legal Take

Employees, vendors and guests of businesses, plants, and factories have a right to safety and security while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the safety measures provided at the facility, and whether this tragic incident may have been prevented. Relevant factual and legal inquires include, but are not limited to:

  • What safety features were in place to protect the victim?
  • Did any such safety features fail?
  • Did the property owner engage in regular safety inspections?
  • Was the tragedy a result of a catastrophic equipment malfunction?
  • Was the property owner aware of potential safety risks to employees?

Under Workers’ Compensation laws, our legal team suggests that the family of the victim will most likely be entitled to significant compensation as a result of this accident. While the victim’s family should be eligible for benefits under workers compensation laws, they may also hold a substantial third-party civil claim against the designer or manufacturer of any faulty equipment. Based on its history and experience in representing families in workers compensation and product liability claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that the victim’s family should retain legal counsel without delay so as to ensure that all evidence connected to the incident is preserved.


The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for individuals who have been hurt, or families whose loved ones have been lost, in a work accidents and as a consequence of an unsafe property. We have obtained well over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for the family of a worker who lost his life at an unsafe facility as consequence of a product defect. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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