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Blast caused by rupture.

A BLAST which killed one man and badly injured another was caused by a rupture in an acetylene gas supply pipe, it was revealed yesterday.

Bangladeshi Mohammed Reza Uddin Mohammed Ali, aged 27, was working at the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (Asry), in Hidd, when the accident happened on Sunday.

He died in the early hours of Monday after suffering third degree burns in the explosion.

Indian colleague Arulnathan Sandiyagupillai Annapan, aged 39, was said to be "critical" in Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) yesterday, with third degree burns to most of his body.

The men, employed by Asry subcontractor Metro Marine Company, were performing maintenance work when a nearby gas pipe ruptured.

They were carrying out standard maintenance on a six-metre high scaffolding to fit "U" brackets to a fresh water pipe line in the steel and boiler workshop, Asry said in a statement released yesterday.

"While fixing and securing the new "U" bolts to the pipeline, the nearby acetylene supply line ruptured, resulting in a flash fire causing burn injuries to the two workers.

"Three other isolating valves also ruptured without causing any injuries to the personnel."

Mr Ali, from Chittagong, had worked as a ship fitter for four years while Mr Annapan, from Madras, Tamil Nadu, has been employed as a welder for three years.

Mr Ali was unmarried, but Mr Annapan is married and has a wife and a son.

Labour Ministry occupational health and safety head Abbas Salman Matooq said they were still waiting for the final report from Asry.

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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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