A Hamilton County grand jury indicted a Cincinnati company and two managers in connection to a fire that resulted in the death of an employee in 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday.
The indictment, filed Thursday, charges Environmental Enterprises Inc. with nine counts, including involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, tampering with records, tampering with evidence, and violating the terms of a solid waste license.
DeWine said the charges stem from a Dec. 28, 2012, fire at the company’s Spring Grove Avenue facility that led to the death of a 20-year-old employee, Zachary Henzerling, who was treating hazardous waste at the facility and was burned when the fire ignited.
Henzerling’s supervisor, Kyle M. Duffens, was indicted on one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless homicide, and three counts of violating the terms of a solid waste license, including failure to take proper precautions to prevent a fire or explosion, DeWine said.
Gerald E. Nocks, a company manager, was indicted on one count of violating a solid waste license for failing to properly train employees, one count of tampering with records, and two counts of tampering with evidence.
Nocks is accused of falsifying training records to make it appear that employees had received training they had not been given, according to DeWine.