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Safety calls over chemical plunge

Scene of accident in Rotherham
The boy fell when the roof of the derelict building gave way

The father of a boy who suffered burns after plunging through a roof and into a vat of caustic soda wants answers over why the site was not sealed off.

Brooklyn Briggs, nine, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, was trying to get his football off the top of a derelict workshop when the roof gave way.

He fell into a tank of the alkali in the building in Bear Tree Street.

His father Gary Briggs said the premises should have been made safe and sealed off to children.

Mr Briggs visited the site after the accident and said at that point it was easily accessible.

Eye damage

He said: "I just want some answers as to why it's been so easy for the kids and for Brooklyn to get in.

"Why is there no chains on the steps so he could just walk straight up and on to a roof.

"To me, even if the stuff was left there, it should have been in a cage, it should have had lids on, it should have been strapped together, there were no caustic signs up.

"It's just all them answers that I'm wanting from someone."

The youngster was helped out of the tank by a friend and was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital on Tuesday where his condition was said to be stable.

Mr Briggs said when he had seen his son immediately after the accident it had been "horrific".

He said his main injuries were to his eyes, nose and mouth and that there could be long-term damage to his eyes.

South Yorkshire Police said there was no criminal investigation but the force was working with the Health and Safety Executive and Rotherham Council's environmental health department to investigate the cause of the accident.

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