Cargill’s Dodge City, KS beef packing plant has injured two employees and shut the facility for the remainder of the day due to an explosion in a stand alone building. This is the same plant that just over a month ago had a fire break out in its rendering side of the plant that sent one man to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Daniel Sullivan, Cargill’s media relations director, North America, Global Corporate Affairs, issued a statement confirming the event. “A small stand-alone building at our protein facility in Dodge City, KS, experienced an explosion this morning,” Sullivan wrote. “Two employees are receiving medical treatment for burns, and we are investigating the cause of the accident. As an extra precaution, our production will be suspended today. We expect to be operational soon and will meet all our customer commitments.”

Sullivan also said, “We are grateful for the partnership of the local emergency medical response team. Our focus is on the safety of our employees and getting the best care for our colleagues.” The plant has a slaughter capacity of 5,200 head per day.

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Northern Ag Network -2019

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