Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Five workers injured in Atlantis

By Ofentse Mokae
30 June 2010

Five workers were injured last night in an explosion at a foundry in Atlantis.

Netcare 911 paramedics spokesperson Lauren Copley said the night shift workers were treated for mild to moderate burns.

The accident happened when hot metal was apparently poured into a smelter containing some cold water residue.

Copley said the men were stabilised and taken to the Blaauwberg hospital.

Another worker was treated on the scene for minor burns.

In the Eastern Cape paramedics also say seven firemen are being treated for injuries they sustained while extinguishing a blaze at a Port Elizabeth sub-station.

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality told the media the fire was caused by faulty switchgear at the sub-station which supplies the Walmer Park shopping centre.

The firemen sustained burns to their faces and hands when oil ignited.

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