Man hurt in blast at steel works

27 March 2012

A MAN has been taken to hospital with superficial burns after an incident at Tata Steel in Port Talbot.

A man has been injured in an incident at Tata.

Fire crews from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were also called out in the early hours, following reports of a loud bang.

Tata confirmed an incident at a metals recovery area at the plant, but said it was not major. Some reports said a storage tank at the works had exploded.

The Health and Safety Executive said it was making inquiries.

A spokesman for Tata Steel said emergency services were called as a matter of course, and fire crews were on site.

He added that the incident – which took place just before 1am – happened away from the main plant in the metals recovery area, which is operated by a contractor.

The Welsh ambulance service said one man aged 48 was taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea with superficial burns. He has since been released.

There were reports of a loud bang which could be heard as far away as Mumbles and Neath.

Local councillor Anthony Taylor, who lives near the plant, said: “It was a pretty loud explosion, and I was woken by it. I’ve spoken to others who live further afield and they heard it too.

“We have to remember that the steel works can be a dangerous place to work, and we are all aware of what happened with the fatalities over 10 years ago,” he added.

Three men died and 12 people were injured at the then Corus plant when an explosion in 2001 destroyed blast furnace number five.

Tata employs around 3,500 people in Port Talbot.

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