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UPDATE: Investigation into kiln explosion may take two years

UPDATE 1.35pm: 

A WORKPLACE Health and Safety investigation into the kiln explosion that killed a 31-year-old Kirkwood man yesterday could take as long as two years. 

A spokesperson for the department said the role of the investigators would be to find out if rules within the Health and Safety Act were broken. 

Under the Act, investigators have up to two years to decide if any legal action needs to be taken. 

>> READ MORE: Tributes for Mark Chapelhow after fatal kiln explosion

The spokesperson said investigations usually take between 9 months and two years. 

YESTERDAY 12.41pm:

It's been confirmed the 31-year-old Kirkwood man was Mark Chapelhow.

Workplace Health and Safety officers confirmed investigators were looking into the incident and were checking that procedures had been followed.

Police said next of kin had been notified and that a report was being prepared for the coroner.

YESTERDAY 5.01PM: 

VEOLIA Environment Services has released a statement following today's incident:

" Veolia is co-operating with police and emergency services following an accident this afternoon at its refractory operations in Gladstone, in Queensland, which resulted in the tragic death of one of the company's employees.

 

Preliminary reports indicate that the employee was hurt in an explosion that appears to have taken place inside a furnace.

 

The employee was rushed to Gladstone Hospital where he sadly passed away.

 

A spokesman for Veolia said: "At this very difficult time, we will focus on supporting the family, friends and workmates of our employee.   This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with the family."

 

Given the accident is now the subject of an official investigation, Veolia is not in a position to make any further comments."

 

It appeared all staff went home for the day. 

 

 

A 25-year-old man has been taken to Gladstone Hospital with significant head injuries after a kiln exploded at South Trees: http://ow.ly/TSDW8

Posted by The Observer on Monday, October 26, 2015

 

YESTERDAY 3.30 PM:

POLICE have confirmed a man has died in hospital after a cement kiln explosion in Gladstone.

The 31-year-old from Kirkwood was taken to hospital with head injuries earlier today.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner. 

 

 

YESTERDAY 1.15pm:

A MAN with significant head injuries has been transported to Gladstone Hospital.

Reports are he was hit in the head from a bolt and has a forearm fracture after a cement kiln exploded at Veolia Environmental Services. 


It appears the site has been taped off as a crime scene. 

Veolia Environmental Services has been evacuated after a concrete kiln exploded. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer
Veolia Environmental Services has been evacuated after a concrete kiln exploded. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer Campbell Gellie


YESTERDAY 1pm: 

A MAN has been injured in an oven explosion in South Trees.

Queensland Ambulance Service is attending to a man in his 20s after a reported oven explosion on South Trees Dr.

Fire fighters have just arrived on scene.

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