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Fatal blast Stallingborough plant set to reopen

The Cristal Global site in Stallingbor
Three men were injured, one fatally, after a pressurised container ruptured

Production is set to resume at a North East Lincolnshire factory which shut down last month after a worker was killed by an explosion.

Paul Doyley, 48, of Immingham, died and two other men were injured in the blast at the Millennium Inorganic Chemicals plant in Stallingborough on 5 March.

The factory has been out of action amid investigations by the company and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Parent group Cristal Global expects operations to resume later this week.

Mr Doyley and two other men suffered burns and inhaled toxic fumes after a pressurised container ruptured, releasing titanium tetrachloride fumes and liquid.

Mr Doyley died later in the burns unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Reactor 'warmed up'

Investigations into the cause of the accident by Cristal Global and the HSE are expected to be lengthy.

Rebecca Kirvan, management team co-ordinator at Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, said: "We are continuing to work with the HSE as they continue their investigation and we are also continuing with our own investigation.

"We have now commenced proceedings to restart operations at the plant and we hope to be back to full production by the end of this week."

She said a reactor at the plant had to be warmed up to optimum temperature before chemicals could be introduced.

"Although the plant has not been running these past few weeks, all of our employees have been reporting to work as normal and will continue to do so, so we don't expect any impact on jobs whatsoever," she added.

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