Tuesday 21 February 2017

Two men in gas plant blast lucky to be alive

Published 26/11/2011 | 05:00

TWO workers cheated death when a huge explosion ripped through an industrial gas plant, writes Ralph Riegel.

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A safety probe is under way into the blast at the Irish Oxygen Co bottling plant at Waterfall outside Cork city.

The force of the explosion was heard up to 5km away -- and right across the nearby Cork city suburbs of Bishopstown and Wilton.

Windows in the production plant were blown out and part of the roof was blasted off. Rescue officials said it was a miracle no one was killed.

Two workers were injured in the incident shortly before 11.30am and were rushed to Cork University Hospital.

Neither worker suffered any serious injury, and both are expected to make full recoveries. The men are understood to have sustained facial cuts and minor burns.

Irish Independent

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