2019 Accident Summary

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London PANIC: Heron Tower SEALED OFF after ‘loud bang and falling debris’ (5/9/2019)

THE Heron Tower skyscraper in London was sealed off following a huge explosion resulting in falling debris – caused by a boiler located at the top of the landmark.

The massive building in Bishopsgate that forms the Capital’s skyline was shut off after witnesses reported armed police flocking to the scene. Officers remain on the scene and have confirmed the incident was caused by a large boiler. Police vans were blocking the road, but the cordon has since been lifted.

Social media users swarmed Twitter airing their concerns.

One said: “Not sure what’s going on at Heron Tower, but we heard the massive bang in our office just up the road. It spooked us all.”

Another said: “Heron Tower and adjacent roads have been closed, in #Bishopsgate, after a possible explosion. Armed police have responded to the incident and further details are as of yet unclear.”

Another Twitter user said he heard the noise come from the roof of the skyscraper.

He said: “Was in an external facing room in the Salesforce Tower/Heron Tower – heard the bang then saw something fall and what looked like torn up paper float pass.”

Another said: “Problems at Heron Tower Bishopsgate massive bang.”

Oxford hotel boiler explosion leaves man injured (5/5/2019)

Police are investigating an explosion in the boiler room of a four-star Oxford hotel that left a man injured.

The explosion happened at the Malmaison hotel at 15:30 BST on Saturday afternoon, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue said.

A man who was in the basement room when the gas boiler blew up was taken to hospital.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The fire service said in a statement three engines from Oxford and Kidlington attended the scene of the explosion, which was “contained to the basement boiler room”.

Station Manager Darran Hookway from Kidlington said: “Thanks to an early call made to the fire service and partnership working with the Police and Ambulance services we were able to make the situation safe very quickly.”

Thames Valley Police are looking into what may have triggered the blast.

 

 Five receive burns at recycling plant in Yamunanagar (4/28/2019)

Five labourers sustained serious burn injuries from a boiler at a waste tyre recycling plant near Chhachhrauli town in Yamunanagar district on Sunday.The condition of the four of them was stated to be critical. Doctors at the trauma centre in Yamunanagar referred them to the PGI in Chandigarh. Bilaspur SDM Girish Kumar said that a case had been registered against Ankur Mangla, owner of Krishna Udyog, near Chhachhrauli, under Sections 336 and 337 of the IPC.He said the incident had been brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Amna Tasneem. “It will be checked if the factory is legal and how the incident took place,” he said.

Chhachhrauli tehsildar Naresh Kumar Gautam visited the spot after getting information about the incident. “We came to know that labourers received burns due to steam and boiling water at the plant,” he said.

Complainant Subhash (21) said the incident took place around 1 pm when he, Lallu Singh (28), Sonu Singh (30), Tej Bahadur and Chaudhry (25) were working near the boiler.

He reported that they heard a loud noise, after which they received burn injuries from steam and boiling water. Subhash received 30 per cent burns and was admitted to the civil hospital in Yamunanagar.Sources said Lallu Singh and Sonu Singh received 90 per cent burns, Tej Bahadur 80 per cent and Chaudhry 45 per cent. They were referred to the PGI in Chandigarh.According to information, Krishna Udyog is a waste tyre recycling plant where fuel is extracted and steel wire removed from used tyres.

“One man was admitted to the civil hospital and the other four referred to the PGI in Chandigarh due to their critical condition,” said Dr Vijay Dahiya, Medical Superintendent and officiating Civil Surgeon. The loud sound might have been caused due to a probable leakage in the boiler.

Kali Singh of Uttar Pradesh said his son Lallu Singh, nephews Chaudhry, Sonu Singh, Tej Bahadur and Subhash sustained burn injuries.

“We have been working in the factory for 15 years. There were 17 workers in the factory when the accident took place,” Kali said.

 

Boiler blows up at Cheshire Medical Center; ambulances line up to move 46 patients                                                                                      (4/25/2019)

KEENE — Cheshire Medical Center had to evacuate all patients Thursday after a boiler blew up, causing damage to the heating system and leaving the hospital without heat or hot water.

“As a result of the lack of heat and dropping temperatures overnight, the medical center has been put on diversion and all in-patients are being evacuated and relocated to the nearest facility appropriate to acuity of each patient,” Kristen Bernier, the hospital’s media relations representative, said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

That means the 46 patients admitted into the hospital as of Thursday had to be sent to other facilities. New patients were turned away and all medical procedures were suspended.

On Thursday afternoon, ambulances lined up outside the hospital in convoy fashion, preparing to move patients.

According to Bernier, the boiler malfunctioned around 10:25 a.m., damaging the venting and chimney system at the hospital. The chimney vents the hospital’s furnace exhaust. There were no injuries reported from the initial explosion.

A portable boiler was found with the help of state officials. It is being brought to the hospital to bring it up to full operations as soon as possible, Bernier said.

In the meantime, all medical procedures scheduled for Friday at the hospital have been suspended and will be rescheduled for a later date, she said.

The hospital’s outpatient clinics remain open as they are located in the north side of the facility which has a separate heating system, Bernier said. All ambulatory clinics in that area of the medical center will continue normal operations.

 

           Court orders arrest of four Atlas Metals employees in boiler explosion case           (4/23/2019) (Update from 11/15/2018)

KARACHI: 

A local court issued arrest warrants on Monday for four suspects in a case registered against Atlas Metal’s management, and directed the SSP to conduct a transparent investigations.

The case of the furnace explosion at the Atlas Metals plant near Landhi Manzil Pump on November 15, 2018, which had claimed the lives of six workers, was heard before the Malir judicial magistrate.

The suspects include Atlas Industrial Park Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zafaraib Ali, Production General Manager Khalid Iraqi, Production Assistant Manager Muhammad Nawaz and Atlas Metals Production Assistant Manager Muhammad Zubair.

The court ordered to change the investigation officer of the case.

Deceased employee Amir’s brother filed the petition which maintained that the explosion had occurred during an experiment being conducted at the company.

According to police, six people were burnt to death in the incident. A Qatl-i-Khata [unintentional murder] case against the company’s management has been registered at Shah Latif Police Station.

2 Hurt in Pressure Tank Blast at Florida Lotion Factory (4/9/2019)

A pressure tank overheated and exploded at the Absolutely Natural manufacturing plant in Melbourne, FL on Monday, injuring two workers and causing damage to the facility, according to local news coverage.

Officials said the blast occurred at about 10:40 a.m. when liquid in the vessel reached a temperature of 170 degrees, the Melbourne Fire Department told FloridaToday.com. Some reports said the tank contained lotion at the time of the incident, while other accounts stated that the material was hair conditioner.

A 64-year-old man was airlifted to an area hospital after he suffered second-degree burns that covered 60% of his body. Another worker, a woman, received minor injuries when the explosion tore through the wall she was next to, NBC News affiliate WESH re[ported.

The city’s building inspector and the Melbourne Fire Department are conduction an investigation into the cause of the blast. Officials notified OSHA about the incident.

Established in Melbourne in 1992, Absolutely Natural produces products for facial, hair, and body, and baby care and sunscreens using natural and organic ingredients.

Coryell Memorial Hospital to relaunch construction project nearly 10 months after explosion that killed 3

(4/9/2019)

GATESVILLE, TX — Coryell Memorial Hospital is breaking ground on the hospital’s re-launch of its construction project nearly 10 months after an explosion that killed three people and hurt 14.

The hospital has nearly completed the $42 million renovation and expansion project when a construction accident caused an explosion on June 26.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office said the explosion originated in the boiler and mechanical rooms. A pocket of natural gas within the flammability limits was contained in the room, which caused the large explosion.

On April 9, the hospital is hosting a “re-groundbreaking” event to celebrate and resume construction activity.

“We are pleased to welcome Skiles Group as our new construction partner to our Coryell Health family and the Gatesville Community,” said David Byrom, CEO for Coyrell Health. “The firm will lead supplementation efforts to mobilize and complete our expansion and renovation work.”

The $42 million renovation and expansion project covers about 117,000 square-feet throughout the health system’s campus.

The project will add a 25-bed, two-story hospital to the campus, a 16-bed medical therapy wing to RehabLiving at The Meadows, add two operating rooms and renovate two existing operating rooms and convert existing hospital rooms into Assisted and Independent Living at The Oaks residences.

The first anticipated grand opening will be the cafeteria and dining facility, which is expected to open in May

 One killed in pipeline blast (4/5/2019)

One engineer died, while his colleague suffered severe burns, after a boiler pipe exploded in Kurkumbh MIDC.  The incident occurred around midnight on Friday at a pharmaceutical company.  The Daund police have registered an accidental death case.

 

Three killed, seven injured in boiler accident in N China (3/1/2019)

At least three people were killed and seven others injured after the barrel of a biomass boiler cracked in an energy company in Zhangjiakou City, north China’s Hebei Province, according to local government.

The incident occurred around 10:12 a.m. BJT on Friday. The injured were sent to a local hospital for treatment.

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An investigation into the incident is underway.

Monday night’s boiler explosion killed four – Update (2/27/2019)

This is an update of the event immediately below:

The boiler blast at a private maize seed processing plant at Nayakulagudem in Penuballi mandal on Monday night that left four labourers dead and 10 others injured exposed the alleged violation of safety aspects by the management of the plant.

Two of the victims of the devastating boiler explosion hailed from Bihar. The other two victims are from other parts of the district. The injured are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Sattupalli and Penuballi.

Condition of one worker is reported to be critical and others are said to be out of danger.

The gruesome incident also turned the spotlight on the plight of scores of migrant labourers working in hazardous conditions, devoid of safety provisions in various errant private factories in the district.

Accumulation of excess pressure in the boiler is believed to have caused the blast in the seed processing plant, sources said.

Meanwhile, the local police in coordination with the officials of the Factories and Labour departments on Tuesday launched a detailed investigation into the incident to establish the precise cause of the boiler explosion.

Explosion At Uzbek Clinic Injures 22 People (2/26/2018)

An explosion at a clinic in Uzbekistan’s eastern city of Andijon has injured 22 people.

Uzbekistan’s Emergency Ministry says a blast on February 26 in the boiler room at Andijon’s central clinic injured 18 schoolchildren and four teachers who were in the X-ray unit for regular checkups.

According to the statement, a malfunction of the boiler’s equipment might have caused that blast in the midmorning.

A physician at the clinic told RFE/RL that the explosion was very powerful.

“The boiler room and the X-ray room are located at the back of the building. Schoolchildren from School No.4 were being examined in the X-ray room when the explosion took place. The blast was so strong that we thought it was a bomb,” the doctor said.

Local authorities have established a special commission to investigate the explosion.

 

Boiler explosion kills three in Khammam (2/25/2019)

Telangana Today

Sathupalli (Khammam): Three persons were killed and several others suffered serious injuries when a boiler exploded at a seeds company at Nayakangudem in Penuballi Mandal in Khammam district in the late hours of Monday. The impact of the explosion was such that the windowpanes of a car parked outside the factory were fully smashed. The explosion tore the equipment in the factory apart and the debris hit the workers. According to preliminary reports, three persons were said to have died in the incident. The police rushed to the spot and launched rescue operations with the help of locals.

My babies, my babies,’ Mum jumps out of bedroom window to escape a fire (2/5/2019)

A mother screamed ‘my babies, my babies!’ after jumping from a bedroom window to escape a fire which killed four of her five children.

All of the victims were eight and under. The fire followed a suspected gas boiler explosion at the three-bedroom terraced home.

The blaze tore through the house in the early hours of yesterday morning, claiming the lives of boys Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, and Olly Unitt, three, as well as their sister Tilly Rose Unitt, four.

Devastated fire crews and emergency services formed a guard of honour as two cars believed to be private ambulances carrying the deceased pulled away from the scene in the West Midlands.

The children’s mother Natalie Unitt, 24, father Chris Moulton, 28, and youngest brother Jack, two, were saved and taken to hospital, where they are expected to recover from the smoke inhalation and burns they suffered.

Friends of the family wept as they laid teddy bears and flowers near the scene of the devastating fire.

One neighbour told the Mirror: ‘I was in the bathroom and heard a woman outside shouting, “My babies, my babies”. Then I heard a huge bang.’

Ms Unitt’s former school friend, Sophie Flood, said the children were ‘her world’ and she didn’t know how she would cope without them.

Ms Flood, 26, told MailOnline: ‘Natalie was bullied at school. All she ever wanted in life was to be a mum and she lived for those kids. They were her whole world. Now she’s lost four of her babies she’ll be totally devastated. I don’t know how she’ll cope without them.’

Ms Flood, herself a mother-of-two added: ‘We heard she and Chris had jumped out of the window with the little one in his arms. What’s happened is absolutely horrendous and my heart bleeds for them. The three of them were lucky to get out alive. It’s a miracle they survived.’

Teachers from Castlechurch Primary and Marshlands Special School, which the children who died attended, tonight released touching tributes to each of them.

They said Riley, eight, had’ a great sense of humour and an infectious giggle’ while little Tilly, four, was described as ‘a friendly and caring child who loved to read stories, dress up and paint’.

Six-year-old Keegan’s teacher said he was ‘full of fun and mischief with a really endearing smile’. Three-year-old Olly meanwhile was said to love cuddles and being in his nursery’s ‘role play area’.

Neighbours of the family told of the horrific scenes they witnessed after the fire broke out last night.

Tearful neighbour Wendy Pickering , 58, said she heard the children’s screams as the flames moved through the upstairs bedrooms.

She said of the children: ‘They were very nice, all happy and go lucky, laughing and joking. One of boys would watch me from his window while I was with my dog and wave at me.

‘I just can’t believe some of the children have passed. The kids were cute as buttons and little tiny tots. It’s heartbreaking.’

Ms Unitt is said to have escaped the blaze and banged on the doors of neighbours to raise the alarm. The children’s father then jumped from a window with their youngest child in his arms, witnesses said.

Neighbours said the fire appears to have started in one of the children’s bedrooms before spreading to the rest of the house.

Neighbour Ms Pickering added: ‘We thought it was gas, we saw the windows of the parents room, the flames were going up the roof. I thought they’d all got out.’

Another neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, added: ‘I’ve heard the dad jumped from the top window holding his child.

‘I guess you would do anything that you could, I can’t imagine the heartbreak they must be feeling at not being able to save the others.

‘There were several small explosions, which sounded like fireworks going off. The flames were pretty high at one point, they were coming out of the roof.’

Kylea Clinton, 39, of neighbouring Milton Grove, said: ‘I used to see the kids out and about. I’m absolutely speechless. In one night nearly the whole family is gone.’

Another resident added: ‘I was awoken by the sound of sirens and saw blue flashing lights illuminating the street.

‘I rushed out and you could see the flames straight away. The family haven’t been there that long, it must be about a year or so and they seemed very nice and friendly. It desperately tragic.’

Locals said one of the back bedrooms was ‘completely full of flames’ before a ‘sheet of fire came out of the bedroom window’.

One witness added: ‘A man and a woman got into an ambulance. They were in blankets and she had the little one in her arms. I’d assumed they had all got out. It’s terribly sad, almost beyond belief.’

Pictures from the scene show part of the building’s roof has collapsed and windows have been smashed.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: ‘At 2:40am this morning (Feb 5) police officers and colleagues from the fire and ambulance services attended a serious house fire in the Highfields area of Stafford.

‘A search at the property in Sycamore Lane is ongoing, but it is with great sadness we can confirm the deaths of four children at the property.

‘Two adults and another child are being treated in hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.’

A spokeswoman for WMAS said: ‘When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire. Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property.

‘All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.

‘Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene. Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time.’

Local residents reacted with horror after police announced the deaths.

One Facebook user wrote: ‘Devastating news, thoughts go out the the family and the emergency service staff who were dealing with it.’

Another wrote: ‘OMG what awful news to wake up to this morning. Absolutely devastated! I don’t think there’s anything anyone can say right now.

‘But please, let’s pull together as a community and do the best we can for all those affected. Bless them all.’

Tuem factory blast: Toll touches two (2/22/2019)

MAPUSA: The death toll in Saturday’s at Venlax Cement Bricks Making Unit in the industrial estate went up to two after the factory’s boiler operator, who was critical, succumbed to his injuries at the Goa Medical College (GMC) on Tuesday night. “Akhil Naik, 19, from Tuem breathed his last at 11.30pm on Tuesday at GMC,” Pernem police inspector (PI) Sandesh Chodankar told TOI.

In all three people were injured in the blast. Ajit Neke, a native of Kolhapur, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, while Ramjan Ali was discharged on Monday. Pernem police have booked the owner, Rajendra Joshi, and management of the unit for causing death by negligence.

Police probing why steam pipe exploded

“We have added Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code,” Chodankar said. A politician’s son is linked to the , a source said.

“We have written to the departments of labour, and factory and boilers. Their reports are awaited. We are investigating into why the steam pipe exploded,” Chodankar said.