Explosion at mining site causes severe facial burns to two security staff…. Two security guards suffered serious facial burns after an explosion at the Welbeck Colliery site at Meden Vale on December 31.
The HSE has been called in to investigate the incident along with police and fire service as the source of the explosion at an electrical sub station at the site remains unclear.
A spokesman for the local police service said: “Detectives are liaising with the site owners, UK Coal, with the fire service and the Health and Safety Executive to determine the sequence of events leading up to the incident.”
Residents in the area said there had been a temporary power failure just before the explosion occurred and then the emergency services were called to the scene.
A spokesman for the Notts Fire Service said the explosion occurred inside the electrical substation and resulted in a small fire.
The two security men, aged 36 and 28 were treated in the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham after the explosion. Their injuries were initially described as potentially life-threatening but they later stabilised although remained in a critical condition.
A spokesman for UK Coal who own the site said that the area had been made safe, adding: “We are helping police with their enquiries.
“There has been no mining at the Colliery since it was closed in May 2010, following which all of the underground shafts and workings have been sealed and closed.
“The electricity substation is situated on the surface and supplies both the site and surrounding area when required.
“The two injured men were not UK Coal employees, but were contracted to be working as security guards on the site.
“UK Coal continues to help the police and HSE investigations.”
Welbeck Colliery ceased production in May 2010 and locals say that the only building remaining at the site is the old power house where the explosion happened.
UK Coal have maintained a small team on the site since its closure decommissioning the mine. Despite the fact the site had closed, health and safety protocols with regard to electrical safety and fire safety should have continued to be observed for the benefit of the small number of workers still present.
The site has since been cordoned off as investigations continue