A WORKER involved in an explosion at a Welshpool factory this morning has lost his fight for life after suffering severe head injuries in the bizarre incident.
The explosion occurred at Diamond Powder Coaters in Division Street just before 8am this morning when the 28-year-old Sri Lankan tried to get the lid off a drum with an angle grinder.
It is believed that sparks from the tool he was using ignited fumes from solvents in the 44-gallon drum.
The explosion sent the drum lid flying about 30m in the air, Belmont Sergeant Nathan Trenbearth said.
The man was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital but died from his injuries a short time late.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner while they assist Worksafe with investigations into the incident.
The man lived in Rivervale with friends and police were still trying to contact his family.
(The article doesn't specifically refer to acetone, but it was mentioned as the chemical on a radio report.)
Anyway, as my family and a friend were sitting around the lounge last night, and I asked the adults if they heard about the accident. Miss 9's ears poked up and she asked what had happened. The conversation went like this:
Miss 9: "What happened?"
Me: "A worker tried to open a drum of acetone with an angle grinder."
Miss 9: "But an angle grinder makes sparks, the drum would have exploded."
Me: "Yes, unfortunately that's what happened."
Miss 7: "Is acetone flammable?" (Yes, she used the word flammable)
Hubby: "Yes, would you like to see how it burns?"
Both girls: "Yes!"
So we all trundle outside with a box of matches and a small amount of acetone to watch it burn.
I was surprised to see how slowly it burns.
I'm thinking that during the school holidays (starting very shortly) the girls will have to do some more experiments with chemicals and fire :) - Properly supervised, of course.