On Monday, Dec. 4, a workplace accident at Tyson Foods, Inc. in Perry led to a four-person injury, two of which were severely injured. The cause of the incident is still unknown, but steam led as a source to injury burns.
The two severely injured workers were transported by air ambulance to Iowa City, according to Lt. Adam Infante of the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.
“Two of them were severely injured - they were burned,” Infante said. “They were transported by air ambulance to Iowa City; the other two suffered much less severe injuries and they weren’t transported by ambulance at all.”
Infante said the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County Emergency EMS and the Perry Police Department were on the scene.
“All I know is there was actually no fire, there was something with steam that caused the burns,” Infante said.
According to Alberto Olguin, Human Resources Manager at Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., an incident like this has not happened in the past.
A comment was issued Worth Sparkman, spokesman of Tyson Foods, Inc:
“We’re investigating an accident that happened late this morning in the byproduct rendering area at our Perry Iowa pork plant. Two workers have been hospitalized with injuries. Two others were treated by members of our health services department at the plant. We’re grateful for the swift response and assistance of local emergency personnel.”
*This is a developing story and The Perry Chief will continue to update as more information is received.