PITA explosion workman ‘critical’

ONE of the two workmen that survived an Almeria City explosion that killed a third man is in a critical condition.

He suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body while his co-worker, whose body was 60 per cent burned, is “stable despite his serious condition.”

They were injured while working at the Hintes Oil Europa plant and after being admitted to Intensive Care in Torrecardenas Hospital, they were airlifted to the Virgen del Rocio hospital’s burns unit in Sevilla.

The explosion at the PITA industrial estate, where Hintes recycles plastics to produce biofuel, was probably caused by accumulated inflammable gases near to where the men were soldering, said regional government delegate Sonia Ferrer.

According to colleagues employed by other subcontractors the men had not even begun welding when the first explosion occurred. The dead man was cutting metal pipes at the time, they said, amid claims that Hintes had not warned the workers of the risks involved. The three men affected by the explosion were totally unaware of the locations of pipes, drums and other containers.

Hintes is in possession of all the necessary permits and licences, the regional government announced. The unions are nevertheless considering taking legal action: “Something failed,” a spokesman said.

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