Raymond Ozoji, Awka
It was an unfortunate situation yesterday at a Welder’s workshop at Amawbia by-pass Awka as a petrol tanker under-going repairs exploded and killed the welder instantly, while three other persons were in critical condions due to severe burns from the inferno.
It was gathered that the cause of the explosion was due to the fact that the tanker had remnants of petroleum products in it, which ignited the fire due to lightening from the Welder’s machines.
Speaking on the unfortunate incident, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in Anambra state, Mr.Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi, said that the ill-fated petrol tanker shouldn’t have been taken to the place because he believed that there were traces of remnants of fuel in the vehicle.
Kumapayi noted that it was the welding works on the vehicle that culminated into the disaster that transpired at the Welder’s workshop. He said one person was confirmed dead instantly and three others were rushed to the hospital.
The FRSC boss in Anambra, however advised that before repair works could be carried out on any petrol tanker, such vehicle should be taken to a certified mechanic to ascertain that there is nothing remaining in the tanker to avoid recurrent disaster situations.
He explained that chemicals should be used to flush out remnants of petroleum products from the vehicles before any repair work could commence, noting that quack welders shouldn’t undertake such jobs except if they were certified because the explosion, according to him, took place at a quack Welder’s workshop.
Meanwhile, it took the rapid response of the officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission, the state fire fighters, the police and other agencies to have the inferno under control to avert further escalation of catastrophes.