Blast victim told of death

A BARNSLEY man injured in an explosion at work has now been told his best friend and colleague died in the blast.

Peter Lyndon Davis, aged 51, of Stead Lane, Hoyland, suffered burns and a broken leg and ribs in the explosion at Sterecycle on Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, last week.

His 42-year-old friend Michael Whinfrey, a father-of-three from Wickersley, Rotherham, was killed in the incident at the recycling plant and his funeral is to be held next Thursday.

Peter was initially shielded from the news until friends and relatives felt he was strong enough to cope with the shock.

Hospital staff were asked to keep newspapers, TVs and radios away from him until his partner, Jeanette Heenan, told him of the tragedy.

He is still recovering from his ordeal in the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

Mr Whinfrey's wife, Maggie, has paid tribute to him on an internet condolence book.

She said: "To my darling husband, such a tragedy, you were taken too soon.

"I am missing you more than words can say, until we meet again love you always and forever...rest in peace darling."

A joint investigation into the incident is underway, with both South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive carrying out enquiries to try to establish what exactly happened.

It is believed a pressure vessel burst at the plant - ripping a hole in the side of the corrugated iron building.

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