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Man suffers serious leg injuries in Newbury oil drum explosion

HSE investigating incident at commercial vehicle dealership

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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A MAN suffered serious leg injuries in an explosion involving an oil drum at a Newbury commercial vehicle dealership yesterday morning (Thurs).

One fire engine from Whitley Wood Fire Station was called at around 8.40am to Rygor Mercedes-Benz Commercial Dealership, in Hambridge Lane.

According to firefighters at the scene, a man was cutting open steel drum, using oxy-acetylene equipment, before the explosion occurred.

The injured man, who did not want to be named, afterwards confirmed to newburytoday it was a 55 gallon drum which exploded. 

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) were called at 8.45am and sent an ambulance crew, paramedic and emergency care response unit to the scene.

A man in his 50s was assessed and treated at the scene, before being taken by ambulance with serious lower leg injuries to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. 

Firefighters cordoned off the area whilst making the scene and equipment safe and handed the incident over to police, before departing the scene.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) were called at 8.49am to the scene in Hambridge Lane, after a report that a gas cylinder had exploded injuring a man.

Police carried out an initial investigation before handing the incident over to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE spokesman, Jack Rimmer, issued the following statement:

"Having spoken to our inspectors in the area I can now confirm HSE have been made aware of this incident and we are making initial enquiries."



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  • JohnSmith

    06/01/2017 - 07:07

    Surely someone's head has to roll, disgusting how some company's work, I hope the guy makes a full recovery!


  • Oldmoaner

    05/01/2017 - 20:08

    I am unsure of your reporting, are you saying that this guy had to wait for a fire engine from Reading when there are two in Newbury, was the Reading one in Newbury or was it in addition. For our reassurance more clarity please.


    • JohnSmith

      06/01/2017 - 08:08

      Clearly says newbury commerical dealer


      • Oldmoaner

        06/01/2017 - 09:09

        Yes and changing Reading fire stations.


        • jterrier

          06/01/2017 - 11:11

          See my comment below.


        • Oldmoaner

          06/01/2017 - 14:02

          Thanks that is what I hoped, not a good way of reporting.