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Scunthorpe turbine explosion at Tata UK steel plant

22 November 2013

Three people were hospitalised after an explosion in a turbine at the Tata Steel site in Scunthorpe in the early hours of November 22 and were taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital with burns. Later in the morning, the fire service said the situation was under control and all people on the site have been accounted for.

A company spokesman said: "Tata Steel can confirm that there was a fire at 0200 hours on the Scunthorpe site. Three employees suffered injuries and were taken to hospital. They were all released following treatment. A full investigation has been launched and there has been no loss of production."

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Tata employs 4,000 workers at Scunthorpe and announced 340 job losses there in late October, with another 160 at its Workington and Teesside plants. The cuts were blamed on prolonged weak demand in the construction industry, and come less than a year after the company cut 900 jobs in Port Talbot, Wales.

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