Man fighting for life after Pretoria blast

2012-07-18 15:23

Pretoria - A man is fighting for his life after he was injured in an explosion at a factory in Waltloo, Pretoria on Wednesday.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said it appears the man was welding sheet metal when a flame came into contact with a drum containing a flammable solvent.

“The drum exploded and caused a fire in the factory. The force of the explosion threw the man backwards,” Wicks said.

The man sustained burn wounds to 90% of his body. Paramedics called for assistance from a trauma team aboard the Netcare1 Aeromedical helicopter and airlifted the man to Milpark Hospital.   

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  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-18 15:47

    The man sustained burn wounds to 90% of his body. Must be suffering terribly. The recovery process will be a long & painful one. Shame man !

      merven.halo - 2012-07-19 08:04

      It would help if the report mention if it is 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree burns.

  • charlie.vanbergen - 2012-07-18 17:03

    Bad attention to safety measures. Could have been avoided like most accidents :-( May God have mercy on him.

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