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Major incident on site

Updated: Jan 30, 2023


An incident occurred at the Bryn Group facility at Gelliargwellt Uchaf Farm today that required a significant emergency services response. A member of staff was conducting a routine maintenance task in one of the biomass buildings, when an as-yet unexplained ignition caused a ‘fire ball’ to engulf him. The fire was extinguished quickly and there was no spread to the building or stored materials.

Our colleague received immediate care and treatment from our trained on-site first aiders, before a crew from the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service arrived and provided treatment for burns. Doctors and crew from the Wales Air Ambulance provided specialist care and he was then transported to Morrison Hospital by Welsh Ambulance Service.

Our staff are trained and, in many cases, certified in the tasks they undertake. That is why Bryn Group enjoys a good health and safety record, and why we have never before had a serious incident like this.

The injured colleague is experienced and had conducted that same maintenance task countless times before. Both the Health and Safety Executive and Natural Resources Wales have been notified, and we will participate fully in a thorough investigation.

Our staff are trained and, in many cases, certified in the tasks they undertake. That is why Bryn Group enjoys a good health and safety record, and why we have never before had a serious incident like this. We are keen to find out what happened today and to ensure it cannot happen again.

We would like to praise and thank our on-site first aiders and the emergency services crews who attended today. Their efforts made a huge difference to our colleague, who remains in hospital but is doing well. We send him our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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