Saturday 20 January 2018

ESB workers injured in gas explosion

The scene of a dramatic gas explosion in Knocklyon, Dublin yesterday
The scene of a dramatic gas explosion in Knocklyon, Dublin yesterday
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Two ESB workers were injured when a gas main exploded at the weekend.

The two men suffered minor injuries in the explosion which happened near a petrol station on the Knocklyon Road in south Dublin on Saturday.

It is believed that work being carried out in the area disturbed a gas line, causing the fire. A formal investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the incident.

An ESB spokeswoman was last night unable to confirm if the company was carrying out work in Knocklyon at the time of the explosion.

The Health and Safety Authority is likely to carry out an investigation.

Dublin Fire Brigade responded to the blaze shortly after 4pm.

The two workmen were rushed to hospital with what was described as "relatively minor" injuries. It is believed that one of the men sustained injuries to his hands and face.

"Gas fires like that can be quite noisy but it could have been much worse. There was nobody killed and we were able to bring it under control," said a fire brigade spokesperson.

Houses close to the scene were evacuated as emergency crews spent five hours bringing the blaze under control.

Irish Independent

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