Explosion at Rotherham car garage leave mechanic in hospital

A man has been left hospitalised after there was an explosion at a car repair centre in Rotherham.

A fire broke out at a car garage on Station Road, Masbrough at 7am on Friday 19 December, which resulted in two gas cylinders exploding. One employee, who has not been named, was injured in the incident and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance, although the extent of his injuries are not currently known.

Unfortunately, explosions at car garages are something of an occupational hazard because of the nature of the materials and machinery that are kept on site. That is why it is so important that these repair businesses have a comprehensive, high quality combined motor trade insurance policy in place; not only can this offer protection for the parts, tools, vehicles and equipment stored at the premises but it can also include employer’s liability cover, which will protect against cases when a member of staff suffers an injury while at work.

According to The Rotherham Star, roads around the garage had to be closed as local firefighters attended the scene. The fire crews – of which there were four on site at the peak of the blaze – said that the force of the explosion had damaged the structural integrity of the building.

Chief superintendent Jason Harwin, Rotherham’s District Commander, warned residents to “avoid the area” earlier in the day but the situation has now been brought under control.