The workplace accident occurred at the McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing firm, a plant that produces natural gas-powered cement and garbage trucks. At around 10:32 a.m. local time, an explosion went off inside the plant. Investigators say it occurred in a paint booth that was in use.
The Star Tribune reports that two workers received an airlift to Regions Hospital with severe burn injuries. Two other workers were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for serious injuries. The two other workers injured in the explosion were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Extensive damage was done to the building, blowing off several doors and creating large plumes of smoke. The Star Tribune reports that more than 1,000 people are employed at the plant, many of which were off-site at the time for training. Investigators say the company has safety plans in place and that not many calls are made for emergencies.
The following information regarding workplace accidents is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):