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Feed mill explosion kills worker, seriously injures two others in South Africa

17 June 2024

A worker was killed and two others were left with serious injuries after an explosion at a feed mill in South Africa on 10 June. The incident happened at a facility operated by diversified feeds and poultry business Quantum Foods in the town of Malmesbury, around 40 miles (65 km) north of Cape Town.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

In a statement, Quantum Foods confirmed that one of its workers had been critically injured in the incident and had passed away during the night after being rushed to hospital. Two other employees were also hospitalised where they were said to be in serious but stable conditions.

Quantum Foods said that the cause of the explosion is unknown, although no crime is suspected. All safety protocols were followed during and after the incident and automated emergency equipment was successfully activated, the company added. Protocols included a roll call to establish the safety of all employees on site, with all employees accounted for.

Fire, law enforcement and emergency services responded quickly to safeguard the site and people. Fire services were able to bring the fire that resulted from the explosion under control and stabilised the environment, the statement added.

Physical damage at the facility was limited to equipment at the raw material intake area and operating activities continued outside the affected area of the feed mill.

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