Man injured at recycling plant

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – 4.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered multiple cuts, bumps, bruises and wounds after a number of lithium batteries exploded at a recycling plant.

The incident in Willenhall Road in Wednesbury happened at about 1.45pm on Tuesday afternoon and resulted in a fire at the premises.

An ambulance and paramedic officer were on scene within seven minutes and were backed up by an emergency doctor and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “While firefighters brought the blaze under control, ambulance staff dealt with a 26-year-old man who had suffered multiple wounds across his body, his head and face, as well as both arms and legs.  He also had burns on both hands.

“Ambulance staff dressed his wounds and stabilised his condition before taking him to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“There were no other patients.”


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