07:58 pm, Saturday 29 August, 2009
WorkSafe is investigating an incident where an Exploding Oxygen Tank caused extensive burns to a factory worker in Melbourne’s north yesterday afternoon.
The man suffered burns to 25 per cent of his body when the cylinder exploded, an ambulance spokesperson said.
It is understood the man was filling a bank of nine oxygen bottles used in the health care industry when the explosion happened.
The valve and shoulder of an oxygen cylinder were blown off in the blast.
Paramedics said they found the victim, believed to be in his 30s, in a significant amount of pain.
The man was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Two other men suffered shock following the incident.