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Factory blast kills three in Turkish capital

26 May 2015

At least three staff have been killed and two wounded in an explosion at a cement factory in the Ankara suburb of Kazan, according to Anadolu Agency. The blast happened late on May 24 as workers were trying to repair a malfunctioning raw material boiler, according to a statement from Kazan Mayor Lokman Ertürk.

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Ertürk said that raw materials in the facility’s boiler caused the blast due to congestion, and the employees were working to fix the problem when the explosion happened.

The chief of production, Haluk Bilge, the factory’s deputy manager, Orhan Özer, and operations staff member, Bayram Altin, died at the scene of the explosion. One other worker and the factory’s operations manager were rushed to a hospital.

The explosion started a fire at the factory, which was extinguished soon after by firefighters.

According to a report released by the Istanbul Council for Workers' Health and Work Safety at the beginning of 2015, a total of 1,886 Turkish workers died in job-related accidents in 2014, after 1,356 the previous year.

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