Indianapolis—Indianapolis Fire crews were dispatched to Royal Food Products in the 2300 block of East Minnesota around 7 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a structural collapse. When fire crews got inside, they saw a portion of the concrete floor had collapsed into the basement.
Apparently an employee was operating a forklift or a tow motor over a section of floor that was not reinforced for heavy equipment. Fire officials say the 50-year-old, longtime employee was killed when the floor gave way sending debris 14 feet into the basement.
The employee had been collecting products from the warehouse to bring it to the production line and during that process the employee went over a section of flooring that was not reinforced for heavy equipment. Employees at Royal Foods have been sent home as the Fire Department continues its investigation.
Royal Food Products manufactures commercial salad dressings.
The name of the employee has not yet been released. The body of the victim was removed 8 1/2 hours later by Indianapolis firefighters and was turned over to the Marion County Coroner's Office.
Royal Food issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"Today has been a tragedy for all the employees of our company and we are devastated. We all wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-worker. We are working with the authorities in the investigation which is still underway."
- Brian King, Royal Food Products