Sheffield steelworker blast burns horror

Inside Sheffield Forgemasters, by Paul Mason
Inside Sheffield Forgemasters, by Paul Mason
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A steelworker is in hospital with serious burns after being injured in a gas explosion at Forgemasters in Sheffield.

The Health and Safety Executive and South Yorkshire Police were today continuing a joint investigation into the incident.

The 39-year-old worker, who suffered burns and who has not been named, is currently being treated in a specialist burns unit where his condition is described as ‘stable’.

A colleague at the Brightside Lane steelworks, who did not want to be named, said: “The man had been working alone and was on a ladder about eight feet up.

“You couldn’t recognise him – his body was black.”

The worker added: “Everyone is really shocked about what happened. He’s been very lucky to have survived.”

The incident happened 12 days ago on the afternoon of Friday, August 9.

Professor Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “At about 3.45pm on August 9 a maintenance team employee received burns after an incident involving a gas explosion which was quickly brought under control.

“The man was treated for serious injuries by Forgemasters’ medical staff and an ambulance crew.

“He was subsequently taken to the Northern General Hospital and later transferred to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

“We are working very closely with the police and the Health and Safety Executive to determine the cause of the incident, which at this time is uncertain.

“The incident was very localised, away from production areas.”