Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara calls on Health and Safety Executive to speed up the investigation into the Irlam Gas Explosion

Barbara has written to the Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive to express concern about the time being taken for the investigation into to the Irlam gas explosion.

On 2nd November last year, a gas explosion on the Moss Vale Estate in Irlam destroyed three homes and injured over a dozen people, one person very badly.  Two hundred families were evacuated from their homes and two further homes had to be demolished.

The Health and Safety Executive was tasked with the job of finding out what caused the explosion. However, one year on, local people are still waiting for answers.

Barbara said:

“I am concerned about the length of time being taken by the Health and Safety Executive to carry out this investigation.  The delay is having an impact on those residents affected and on the Irlam community. Local people feel that they cannot move on until they know exactly what caused the explosion.”

“I have called on the Health and Safety Executive to explain why the investigation is taking so long and have asked whether anything can be done to speed up the process so that local people can finally have the answers they need.  I will continue to press the Health and Safety Executive for these answers so that the community in Irlam can finally close this chapter in their lives and move on.”  

                      Emergency services at blast site

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