Two Guards Suffer Burns In Ex-Colliery Explosion

Authorities Continue Investigations Into Blast


Police in Nottinghamshire are working with health and industry authorities to investigate an explosion at an ex-colliery on Saturday (December 31st) which left two men with serious facial burns.

The security guards, aged 38 and 26, are both believed to be in a critical but stable condition following the blast at the former Welbeck Colliery site in Nottinghamshire, which has been closed since May 2010.

According to the emergency services, the explosion could be linked to an issue related to an electrical component. UK Coal and the Health and Safety Executive are continuing to consider how the incident occurred.

David Urpeth, national head of workplace injury at Irwin Mitchell, said it was vital that answers are sought quickly into how the blast happened.

He outlined: “Through our work representing those who have been injured in major industrial explosions, we’ve seen first-hand the terrible impact that workplace injuries have on victims and their families.

“The explosion at the former colliery is a huge concern and raises serious questions in relation to the safety on the site. We hope that authorities are able to thoroughly investigate and provide information as to what went wrong.

“Ultimately, it is vital that lessons can be learned which will prevent similar issues at other ex-collieries, as well as those still in operation across the UK.”