Man killed in accident at recycling plant

A man's been killed following a reported explosion at an Oldbury recycling plant.

The man, in his 50s, suffered very serious burns in the explosion which took place at Innovative Environmental Solutions factory, in Union Road, in the early hours of Monday. He later died from his injuries.

Health and Safety Executive chiefs said they are aware of the incident and will investigate. Two other workers also sustained burns in the incident. They remained in a stable condition in hospital. A West Midlands Police spokesman said:

“A man has died following an industrial accident at industrial premises on Union Road, Oldbury on Monday, August 7. Police were called by the fire service just before 1.50am. Three men were taken to hospital where sadly a man in his 50s passed away.

“Two men in their 30s and 40s remain in a stable condition. The case has been passed to the Health and Safety Executive and the coroner to establish the cause of the incident.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added:

“At 1.43am on Monday we were called to a recycling plant in Oldbury. We had three patients in total – including a male who had very serious burns.

“We sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team, MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic. They travelled to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with that first patient.

“The second patient was another man who had burns, which were less serious. He was also conveyed to the same hospital. The third patient was a 32-year-old man with some fairly minor burns, who was taken to Sandwell General Hospital.”

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “The HSE is aware of an incident and is in contact with emergency services.”


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