Ghana fish cannery blast kills two
13 June 2017
An explosion at a fuel pump at the Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), a tuna canning company, killed two persons and left five others with burn injuries on May 11, according to local sources. A fuel pump that connects the steam boiler facility at the company’s production plant developed a fault and was being replaced when sparks from welding work ignited fuel leaking from the pump.
The two deceased were employed by Matelco Engineering Services. The injured workers have been transferred to the Burns Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for further treatment.
Items such as the steam boiler, two fuel tanks, computers and accessories running into millions of cedis were destroyed in the ensuing blaze, according to the Daily Graphic.
The Tema Regional Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) said a combined team of firefighters from the Tema Regional, Industrial Area and Tema Newtown fire brigades, as well as officials from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), managed to put out the fire in about two and half hours.
Tema Metropolitan Director of the Factories Inspectorate Department, Dr Stephen Ankamah Lomotey, who visited the factory, told the Daily Graphic the accident could have been avoided if the company’s safety policy had been deployed in its maintenance duties.
He said the department had launched its own investigations and tasked the company to also present its report on the incident for further investigations.
PFC is part of the Thai Union Group, a Thailand-based producer of seafood products.