Three injured in Australian abattoir explosion
10 April 2017
Police, paramedics, fire and rescue crews were called to the JBS Australia Dinmore abattoir near Ipswich, west of Brisbane, after an electrical explosion at the site. Paramedics treated three people with burns, and two others for smoke inhalation following a reported electrical explosion, Queensland Ambulance said.
Dinmore plant - Image: JBS
Two of the men who suffered burns were taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, and one of the workers treated for smoke inhalation was admitted to the Ipswich Hospital. Each patient is believed to be in a stable condition.
The incident will be investigated by Workplace Health and Safety.
The Dinmore processing plant is the largest beef abattoir in the southern hemisphere, with a daily production of 3,350 head per day. According to the JBS Australia website, the plant has onsite staff base of approximately 2,000 people, making it the largest employer in the Ipswich region.