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Belfast oil drum explosion leaves man critically ill

By Lesley Houston

Published 10/12/2015

Health and safety officials have launched an investigation after a man was critically injured when an oil drum exploded at an industrial estate in north Belfast
Health and safety officials have launched an investigation after a man was critically injured when an oil drum exploded at an industrial estate in north Belfast

Health and safety officials have launched an investigation after a man was critically injured when an oil drum exploded at an industrial estate in north Belfast.

The man was badly hurt when a 40-gallon drum exploded in the vicinity of a business at the Edenderry estate on the Crumlin Road.

A spokesman for the Royal Victoria Hospital last night confirmed the victim was in a critical condition.

No other details about the nature of the man's injuries or his identity were available.

The incident happened just after noon yesterday when an oil drum exploded "in the area" of the estate.

Four fire engines rushed to the scene and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland launched an investigation into the incident.

Belfast City councillor Jolene Bunting of the TUV said she was hoping for the best for all those involved.

"My thoughts go out to the man and his family," she said.

"It's going to be hard for the business as well as the victim."

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