Two killed In Explosion At Tema


Danso Abiam, Tema
Two workers of Delta Agro Limited been confirmed dead, following a fuel tank explosion which occurred at the company at the Tema heavy industrial area.

One of the explosion victms died on the spot while the other passed on upon arrival at the Tema General Hospital.
The only survival among the three persons who were working on a fuel reservoir which produce fuel to machines at the factory is responding to treatment at the Lagoon Hospital also in Tema where medics at the health facility are making frantic effort to keep him alive.

Corpses of the two deceased persons who were 39 years and 45 years have been deposited at the Tema General Hospital morgue pending autopsy.

The explosion, as gathered, indicates that the welders were doing hot fabrication work on the fuel tank at the time when there was built up pressure in the tank, as a result of no space for the pressure to escape hence the tank exploded.

It is reported that this is the second time such an incident had occurred in the company with both incident recording casualties.

A man identified as Administrative Manager of the factory told the press at the scene that three persons were cleaning an oil tank which was contained dirty oil when the explosion occurred.

Deputy Fire Commander at the Tema Regional Headquarters of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Mr. Timothy K. Affum explained that his outfit received a distress call about the explosion at the company.

“I must say there was no fire, only there’s was an explosion at the company at exactly 10:31 this morning we receive reporting of an emergency so when we got to the company we realise that it was one of their tanks containing dirty oil they use to power some of their machines that had exploded.
“Our investigations revealed that they were doing some hot works at the time and they were virtually done with it because what they were doing at the time of the explosion was grinding to ensure at the outer side of the tank was smooth the explosion occurred,” he indicated.
The Deputy Commander of Tema Fire Service advised factories in the area to always adhere to safety procedure to ensure protection of live and property.

The place has since been locked temporary by security service personnel including personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for further investigation. Media/Danso Abiam, Tema

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