WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (KUTV) — Two people have been killed at a Northrop Grumman facility in West Valley City, according to a company spokesperson and later confirmed by police.
“We are saddened to confirm we had two fatalities at our Bacchus facility the evening of January 30,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Family members have been notified, and we will be working with our employee assistance program for support and family services. Our employees are our most valued part of our business, and this is a tragedy that affects our entire workforce. We are working with the authorities and an investigation is ongoing.”
Additional details were not immediately made available by the company.
In a statement from the West Valley City Police Department, Public Information Officer Roxeanne Vainuku stated the incident happened just after 6 p.m. Monday, when WVCPD and the West Valley City Fire Department responded to the facility, located in the area of 6400 Wet and 5400 South.
The two employees were initially discovered unconscious, according to Vainuku's statement. Fire crews attempted life-saving measures before transporting the individuals to a nearby hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Police couldn't confirm if the two died in a hazmat situation, saying that information will come from the Utah Medical Examiner's Office after autopsies are performed.
West Valley police will be coordinating with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration on an investigation, police stated.
"We extend our sincere condolences to the family of the employees who lost their lives as well as to the staff of Northrop Grumman," according to WVCPD's statement.
The victims have not been identified.
Northrop Grumman is an aerospace and defense technology company with 90,000 employees worldwide. The company has locations around the world with its headquarters based in West Falls Church, Virginia.
On January 30, 2023, just after 6pm, West Valley City Fire and Police Departments responded to Northrop Grumman at 6478 West 5400 South regarding two employees who were found unconscious. Fire Department crews attempted life saving measures and transported the two employees to the hospital where they were ultimately pronounced deceased.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration will conduct an investigation into this incident. West Valley City Police will coordinate with OSHA on the investigation. We extend our sincere condolences to the family of the employees who lost their lives as well as to the staff of Northrup Grumman.