Injuries At Swansea Explosion

Two Hospitalised in Swansea Explosion

04.03.2008

Fire crews have been called to an explosion in Swansea where two people have been taken to hospital.

The explosion, believed to be in a de-gassifying process building which contained a number of propane gas cylinders, took place on Tuesday, March 4 at business premises and was tended to by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The buildings were evacuated and the injured taken to Morriston Hospital where one person in said to be in a critical but stable condition.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), fire safety investigators and the police will jointly investigate the cause.

David Urpeth, a Partner at law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "This terrible case demonstrates the serious injuries that can occur in work related accidents.

"Organisations that have explosive substances on their premises must carry out adequate risk assessments and ensure workers are provided with a safe place and a safe system of work so as to avoid workers being injured or killed by explosions that occur during a workplace accident.

"I have significant experience of dealing with industrial accident claims in the aftermath of fires and explosions at such installations."

Mr Urpeth represented over 75 workers and many residents who were injured in the 2001 blast at the Killingholme refinery when over 170 tonnes of liquid petroleum gas caught fire. Conoco-Phillips, who owned the plant, was eventually fined £1m for breaching health and safety regulations after the explosion at its Humber refinery.