November, 2020

This is a repeating event

202008NovAll DayCorus Blast Furnace Explosion 2001Corus UK Port Talbot (GB)Industry:Metal ProcessingCountry:United KingdomLanguage:ENLoC:Overpressure Origin: HSE Incident:Rapid phase-transition explosionHazards:Mechanical/Kinetic/PotentialImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Effects:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:Steel


At the premises of Corus UK Ltd, Port Talbot, No. 5 Blast Furnace exploded at approximately 17.13 pm on 8 November 2001. The entire furnace, which with its contents weighed approximately 5000 tonnes, lifted bodily at the lap joint, rising some 0.75 m from its supporting structures, leading to the explosive release of hot materials (an estimated 200 tonnes in total, comprising largely solids and semisolids, with a little molten metal) and gases into the cast house.

Three employees died: Andrew Hutin, Stephen Galsworthy and Len Radford. A further 12 employees and contractors sustained severe injuries. Many more suffered minor injuries and shock.


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HSEUK Health & Safety Executive