Two Workers Hurt in Equipment Failure at Kansas Plant

October 16, 2018

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Two Workers Hurt in Equipment Failure at Kansas Plant

Two workers were injured in an incident at the Research Products Company (REPCO) plant in Salina, KS last Friday morning after an equipment failure, officials told several local news organizations. Reports indicate that the victims were injured by a release of chemicals. 

Called to the facility at about 7 a.m. for a report of a fire, crews did not encounter flames at the scene, but observed that the site’s sprinkler system became operational, Fire Marshal Troy Long said in coverage by news website HaysPost.com. Firefighters used water in the facility to alter the pH level of a chemical that was present in the facility following the incident. Long told local media that equipment failure was the cause of the accident. 

The two employees were transported to an area hospital for treatment. One of the workers received second degree chemical burns on his hands and neck and another had minor injuries, the Salina Post reported.

REPCO, a division of McShares Inc. established in 1946, produces nutritional premix solutions, bakery ingredients, and milled grain products, according to information on the firm’s website. 

In May this year, a fire in a mixing machine and auger at the REPCO plant in Salina resulted in an explosion and fireball that caused about $200,000 of damages, an article by news radio station KSAL said. No injuries were reported in that incident. 

A search of inspection records from the the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals the agency has cited the McShares plant in Salina for three serious violations within the last five years.

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