UNITE the union will be providing support to those affected by the explosion and fire at the Chemring Countermeasures plant near Salisbury last week in which a worker was killed.
A 29-year-old man from Southampton died on Friday. Wiltshire Police say his relatives have been informed. The second man caught up in the explosion in the flare-manufacturing building was a 26-year-old from Pewsey. He was in a serious but stable condition at Salisbury District Hospital.
Six fire crews from Dorset and Wiltshire fire stations were involved in tackling the fire.
Unite has a significant membership at the company, which produces flares, chaff and decoys for use on military aircraft and ships. It’s liaising with management and the Health & Safety Executive to ascertain how the tragedy happened.
The union’s regional legal officer Stuart Davies said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with these workers and their families at this difficult time.
“Unite will be fully supporting our members, their families and the local community, to include any appropriate assistance through Unite legal services.
“As the investigation into the incident develops, Unite will be playing a full part in understanding how this terrible tragedy occurred, working to ensure that nothing similar can ever happen again.”
Chemring has started an investigation into the accident, in which equipment was also damaged and which has led to a temporary halt in production of military supplies.
The firm said: “A full and immediate investigation into the cause of the incident has been launched in co-operation with the local regulatory authorities.”
Wiltshire Police confirmed the force was investigating the explosion with health & safety officers and reassured the public that they faced no further risk.
Chemring shares tumbled more than 20 per cent as the firm admitted that its full-year underlying operating profit could be up to £20 million lower than expected as a result of the accident, with a “corresponding impact on the group’s operating cash flow and net debt.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.