UPDATE: Catherine Berliner dies after falling 85-feet at Ameren Labadie plant

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8:10 p.m. - Earlier this afternoon Rita Holmes-Boboa, a spokesperson for Ameren Missouri released the following statement. (Please note the identity of the worker had already been released by the Franklin County Sheriffs Department in the initial press release.)

"A fatality occurred at the Ameren Missouri Labadie Energy Center this morning. Out of respect and consideration for the family, we are not releasing the name of the employee at this time. While working on a platform approximately 85 feet high and performing maintenance on one of Labadie's boilers, the employee, who served as a certified repairman, experienced a significant fall and injuries."


"Members of the Labadie team responded immediately to the accident and the employee was transported to a hospital in Washington, Missouri for treatment. The employee died from injuries a short while later." 

"We are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation. This is a tragedy for all involved and no words can express our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee's family members and our co-workers who are grieving this loss."


2:26 p.m. Labadie, Mo. - Early this morning at approximately 9:15 AM, Franklin County Deputies responded for a report of an accidental injury at the Ameren Electric Plant in Labadie.

When deputies arrived on scene they learned that a female employee had been knocked off an 85-foot high platform that she had been working on.

The female had been working with some type of power hand tool that grabbed her, striking her in the head and causing the female to fall 85-feet to the floor.  The exact details of the accident are unknown at this time.

She was transported to Mercy in Washington, Mo.  Currently, the extent of her injuries and condition is unknown.

The Ameren employee has been identified as Catherine Berliner, age 32 from Hermann, Mo.  It was reported that she has worked at the plant for approximately 5 years.