A man suffered serious injuries to the face in a firework explosion at a display in Gorseinon and the celebrations were brought to a halt as a result of the accident. The incident occurred when the man went to investigate a firework which did not go off. The firework blew up in his face resulting in serious facial injuries.
The event was supposed to be the finale of the town’s Christmas lantern parade but was brought to a halt after the accident. An ambulance was called but then cancelled by police who took the man to hospital after an on-scene doctor and paramedic treated the injuries. A spokesman for the firm who held the display states that the man was wearing full protective gear which ‘helped a lot’.
Pendragon Fireworks and Pyrotechnics also state that, as a consequence of dealing with explosives, once every 10-15 years a firework may not ‘work as it should’. They also state that they were shocked as there has not been an accident in 25 years. The firm are looking to see how they can improve safety in the future. Swansea Council is looking into the incident.
Firework health and safety
If you are planning on putting on your own firework display, safety should be a priority. Keep everyone as far away from the bonfire as possible and remember to stand back from fireworks after lighting. Light sparklers at arm’s length and wear gloves when holding them. Also, keep a bucket of water handy in case of an emergency.
If you attend a firework display, ensure it is a reputable display which has been assessed for risk. However, if there is a firework explosion or a firework accident, you could be entitled to compensation if you sustain injuries.
How to claim personal injury compensation
Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with representation if you have been injured in a firework explosion or accident. We can help you make a compensation claim for personal injuries sustained due to someone else’s negligence.
Compensation may not take away your injuries but it can help you hold the persons responsible for the incident and may help with any associated costs. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures that there are no upfront costs to you therefore your current finances are protected.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Source: South Wales Evening Post
Date Published: December 17, 2014
Author: Paula Beaton