|The melted scraps from the blast injured ten workers who were sent to Cho Ray hospital in HCM City for further treatment after receiving first aid at local general hospitals.— Photo vnexpress
BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS)— Local police have confirmed melted scraps overflowing from an uncapped container were the main cause leading to a kiln explosion at the Pomina 3 Steel Plant in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau last Friday.
The blast happened at at around 7pm at the facility in Phu My Industrial Park No 1 in Tan Thanh District.
Examining the scene yesterday, local police in collaboration with police from the Ministry of Public Security's Criminal Science Institute found melted scraps had overflowed from the uncapped container when the container was moving. The melted scraps, heated to more than 1,500 degrees Celsius, exploded after coming into contact with colder surrounding materials and equipment.
Police also found that workers had forgotten to seal the container with the cap, which has an estimated weight of 6 tonnes. According to workers at the plant, the kiln has a capacity to melt more than 100 tonnes of steel and heats to over 1,000 degrees Celsius.
The plant's authorities also blamed the accident on workers failing to comply with regulations in the production process.
The melted scraps from the blast injured ten workers who were sent to Cho Ray hospital in HCM City for further treatment after receiving first aid at local general hospitals.
Of the victims, two had suffered minor burns and had been discharged.
Three other workers, who were seriously burned in the accident, were no longer critical, according to the steel plant's General Director Do Tien Sy.
Three workers, Hoang Thanh Thinh,19; Nguyen Van Thai, 23; and Doan Le Phuong, 23, had received burns to between 61 to 85 per cent of their body.
The remaining workers were gradually recovering, he said.
He added that the company would cover all the victims' medical costs and would provide care for Thinh's children in case he was unable to continue working. Thinh received the most extreme burns from the incident. — VNS