Corn Mill in Fatal Wisc. Explosion Previously Cited

June 2, 2017 10:00 AM

Firefighters and investigators will be back at a corn mill in southern Wisconsin Friday to look for the cause of a deadly explosion.

The blast happened at the Didion Corn Mill in Columbia County, Wisc, halfway between Madison and Fond Du Lac.

Recovery crews have been sifting through a mountain of debris. At least one mill worker died and more than a dozen other workers were injured.

The plant processes corn for food use, including corn flour, grits, and meal. There’s also an ethanol plant on-site, but it was not involved in the explosion.

The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to assist in the investigation. A spokesman says it could be weeks before they pinpoint a cause.

The Associated Press says OSHA cited the plant in January 2011 for “exposing workers to hazards associated with dust explosions.”

According to the AP, Didion payed a $3,500 fine and the case was closed. There have been no citations since then.

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