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Ban on machine after metal spill

<font size="2">Bolton (UK) - SAFETY inspectors have put a temporary ban on the use of a machine involved in an incident which left a foundryman with severe burns.</font>

<font size="2">The man, aged 25, was working at PMT Industries in Tonge Moor, Bolton when 28 tonnes of molten metal spilled on to the floor.</font>

<font size="2">Molten iron was being transferred from a furnace to be poured into moulds when the incident happened at the former base of Sandusky Walmsley, off Crompton Way, on Thursday morning.</font>

<font size="2">The man was badly burned when he was splashed by the liquid metal.</font>

<font size="2">Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive are expected to return to the foundry on Monday to continue their inquiries.</font>

<font size="2">They have temporarily banned all employees from using the machine used to move the molten iron, which has a melting point of 1,538 degrees Celsius.</font>

<font size="2">A spokesman for the HSE said: "An inquiry into the incident has been launched and inspectors were back at the site on Friday.</font>

<font size="2">"They have issued a prohibition notice to stop anyone pouring molten metal. This is not apportioning blame. We just don't know what happened or what went wrong as yet. Inspectors will be returning to PMT Industries next week to gather witness statements."</font>

<font size="2">The man was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital but later transferred to the specialist burns unit at Wythenshawe Hospital, where he is still understood to be in a critical condition.</font>

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