|Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman
|Bernadine S. Ballance,
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner
TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: Chairman Buck Lattimore
DATE: January 30, 2003
RE: West Pharmaceutical Co.Kinston, NC Plant Explosion
At this time of tragedy our thoughts and prayers are with the employees and families of West Pharmaceutical Co. in Kinston, North Carolina.
Zurich Insurance Company, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for West Pharmaceutical Co., contacted the Industrial Commission within three hours of the plant explosion to assure us that they were taking all necessary steps to provide timely benefits to all injured employees. The insurer is providing us with continual status updates.
Zurich has sent a special team of claims
representatives to Kinston, North Carolina to assist employees and families with
application for workers’ compensation benefits and has established a toll-free
hotline for claims reporting. In addition, Zurich has dispatched medical
personnel to all healthcare facilities providing treatment for injured employees
to oversee their care.
Please be assured that the North Carolina Industrial
Commission will assist all parties in efforts to expedite the processing of
these claims. Any immediate questions regarding individual claims should be
directed to Brenda Foster at Zurich who may be reached by calling (800)
For additional information or questions regarding the
North Carolina workers’ compensation system, please call the NCIC Ombudsman
section at (800) 688-8349.