FIVE people have been taken to hospital, three with severe burns, following an explosion at an abattoir west of Brisbane.
Emergency crews were called to reports of an explosion at JBS Australia’s beef processing plant in the Ipswich suburb of Dinmore around 9am on Saturday.
The blast ripped through the plant’s switchboard room while maintenance workers were fixing a power board, according to the ABC.
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Three men were seriously injured, suffering severe second and third-degree burns to their upper bodies, including their face and hands.
They were all taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital where they remain this afternoon, undergoing specialist treatment.
Two other men were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and were taken to Ipswich Hospital for assessment.
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.