One dead in cylinder blast at Sheikhupura factory

18 others sustained burn injuries in the cylinder explosion inside the factory

Ali Ousat February 15, 2017

SHEIKHUPURA: At least one person was killed and 18 others sustained burn injuries in a cylinder explosion on Wednesday inside a factory in Sheikhupura district of Punjab.

“The incident occurred at around 11:30. All seriously injured persons have been shifted to Mayo Hospital Lahore by Rescue 1122,” Medical Superintendent of DHQ hospital, Sheikhupura Dr Shehnaz Naseem told The Express Tribune.

Sources said the injured were moved to Lahore owing to unavailability of medical facilities for patients with burn injuries in any public sector hospital in the district.

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Meanwhile, a factory worker with serious burn injuries perished while he was being shifted to the Mayo Hospital in the provincial capital.

"Out of the total injured brought to the hospital, 12 are in a critical condition and least likely to survive," Dr Maroof Venice of Mayo Hospital told The Express Tribune, adding another five patients with less severe injuries have been shifted to the hospital's plastic surgery department.

According to a senior rescue official, there were many reasons behind such huge losses including violation of building bylaws, irresponsible behaviour of citizens and also poor capacity of emergency services that tackle fire incidents.

Trade union and labour rights activists have long urged the government to ensure strict compliance with occupational health and safety regulations at factories and other establishments.


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