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Man suffers burns to hands after industrial accident at SGL Carbon at Muir of Ord in Ross-shire

By Hector MacKenzie

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SGL Carbon in Muir of Ord. Picture: Gary Anthony
SGL Carbon in Muir of Ord. Picture: Gary Anthony

A man has suffered burns in an industrial accident at a carbon fibre products factory in Ross-shire.

The employee was taken to hospital after he was injured at SGL Carbon's site in Muir of Ord early on Wednesday.

The company said the man had suffered burns mainly to his hands after a fire in an oven.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent appliances to the site after being alerted to the fire at 01:35.

SGL Carbon site director Stephen Easton said: "Unfortunately, one of our team received burns, mainly to their hands, during the incident and were transferred to hospital.

"Their colleagues in the area and the two first aiders on site were very quick to respond and did an excellent job to cool the burn areas using water and cooling gel prior to the ambulance service arriving.

"The police and fire service were also in attendance, but the fire had already been contained by activation of our process water sprinkler system which is there to manage such an event.

"Our thoughts at this time are with our colleague and we will closely monitor and support his recovery."

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

The incident resulted in a temporary break in production.

Although fire crews attended the scene they were not required to take any action, the company confirmed.

The firm produces components used in everything from wind turbines to medical equipment.

The accident follows an earlier incident at the end of October last year when a "localised over-pressurisation event" in a production unit prompted a precautionary evacuation of the building and a shutdown of work while the matter was investigated.

There were no injuries reported but the HSE was informed.

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