Inquiry after scrap metal dealer hurt in Darlaston explosion

The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation after a scrap metal dealer was injured when a fire extinguisher exploded and hit him in the chest.

The man is still in a serious condition after the drama which happened at European Metal Recycling Ltd in Darlaston on Monday.

It is believed the man turned up at the yard to sell scrap metal but used an axe to remove a brass collar from the neck of the cylinder and it shot off and hit him.

Paramedics had to carry out CPR on the man, who suffered a cardiac arrest.

The man is currently being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

HSE spokeswoman Dee Smith today confirmed an investigation had started.

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