08:07 am, Friday 23 July, 2010
A man has been killed in an industrial shed explosion in Mackay on Wednesday.
Emergency services received several calls after the blast in Len Shield St, Paget, in north Queensland, at 2.38pm.
The man was found dead when emergency crews arrived at the aluminium fabrication business site.
According to a police spokesperson, the deceased had been working on a boat with other men when the incident took place. He said no one else was hurt.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) said before the explosion occurred, the group was performing welding work on a boat’s fuel tank.
QFRS area director Steve DePinto said the explosion “ripped through the roof of the building and there was debris over a fairly large area’’.
“It was quite a violent explosion and there was a subsequent fire that had to be extinguished in the aluminium boat.’’
The blast caused extensive damage to the industrial building.
Workplace Health and Safety investigators are looking into the industrial accident.