Explosion at Johnson Matthey

09:15 03 November 2010

Archant

THREE men were taken to hospital after an explosion at the Johnson Matthey chemical laboratory in Royston on Tuesday.

The men suffered injuries to the arms and faces, and ambulance crews from Royston and Letchworth were called, taking them to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

The incident occurred when a glass vessel broke during a testing experiment just before 11.30am, at the headquarters of the catalysts, precious metals and fine chemicals specialists in Orchard Road.

Firefighters from Royston and Baldock were also called, as well as police.

A spokesman for Johnson Matthey said: “Three employees were treated at the scene for minor injuries and were subsequently taken to hospital as a precaution.

“There was no environmental impact from the incident. A full investigation will be conducted into the incident and the relevant regulatory bodies will be informed.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Minor damage was called to the building.

“It was determined at the scene by fire officers that the incident had not been caused by a chemical leak.”

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “The three men involved received slight injuries to their arms and face.

“Following assessments at the scene by paramedics and HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) operatives, they were all conveyed to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridgeshire.”

0 comments

15:01
An artist's impression of what the new rectory would look like.

A new rectory is vital for the village of Ashwell, according to members of St Mary’s Church.

Fri, 16:03
Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd has said a proposed council tax freeze won't affect recruitment.

Herts’ police and crime commissioner has said a proposed freeze in the force’s council tax precept won’t affect a recruitment drive.

Fri, 14:02
A survey has found calls to a debt helpline go up across the area.

The number of people in Stevenage and North Herts turning to debt advice services for help has risen by almost 20 per cent in the last year, new figures show.

Fri, 09:25
A10 cycling corridor campaigners Rod Taylor, John Meadows, Tina Filby, Erika Bosman and Susan van de Ven.

A county councillor has spoken of her ‘astonishment’ after plans for a £7.2 million cycling ‘super highway’ connecting Royston and Cambridge were put on hold.

”North

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition