Factory 'fireball' kills two men

Two people have died following an 'fireball' in a factory workshop on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Norwich.

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Families of two men killed in a factory explosion call for better workplace safety

Derek Timbers and Barry Joy who died in a factory explosion in Norwich

An inquest has found there was poor training and inadequate risk assessments at a factory in Norwich where two men died in an explosion.

After nearly two weeks of evidence, a jury has recorded a narative conclusion into the deaths of Barry Joy and Daniel Timbers at Harford Attachments in July 2015.

The families of the two men are now calling for more to be done to improve safety in the workplace.

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On-site enquiries into Norwich factory deaths complete

Police at the scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives investigating the deaths of two men at an industrial unit in Norwich have completed their on-site enquiries.

Officers have been working with colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive since the incident at Harford Attachments on Monday 13 July.

Daniel Timbers, 29, and Barry Joy, 56, both died as a result of the effects of fire and inhalation of fumes of combustion.

The men were killed while working in a confined unit and evidence gathered so far suggests a flash over explosion happened as a result of a build-up of toxic fumes with some sort of ignition causing a fire ball.

Police at the scene Credit: ITV Anglia

"Our investigation and evidence gathering at the site is now complete and this information, along with witness statements, will now be examined in detail which will be a lengthy process.

"I’m confident we know what happened in terms of the explosion and our detailed enquiries will now focus on finding the cause of this and getting answers for the families and friends of Daniel and Barry."

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

Factory workers killed instantly in 'fireball' rather than explosion

Daniel Timbers and Barry Joy died in the 'fireball' at a Norwich factory. Credit: Norfolk Police

Police investigating an industrial accident at a factory on the outskirts of Norwich have described the blast which killed two men as a 'fireball'.

The incident at Harford Attachments in Hellesdon on Monday killed Daniel Timbers and Barry Joy instantly according to a post-mortem examination.

They died as a result of the effects of fire and "inhalation of fumes of combustion."


Flowers rest at the scene where two people died in explosion

Flowers left at the scene.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the explosion in Norwich yesterday where two men died.

Flowers have been placed at the scene on the Vulcan Road Industrial Estate in Hellesdon.

The men, one of whom was in his 50s and the other in his 20s were employed by Harford Attachments.

It's understood they were working in the paint spray area at the time of the explosion.

The road around the unit was closed all day yesterday and re-opened this morning.

Investigation underway after fatal 'explosion' at workplace

An explosion has hit an industrial estate in Norwich killing two factory workers.

The scene is still so dangerous that emergency services have so far been unable to recover the two men, one in his 50s and the other in his 20s.

It's thought the blast started a fire in the paint workshop at Harford Attachments in the Hellesdon area close to Norwich airport.

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