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15-year-old tells how dad lost leg in explosion

Robert Tyrko lost his leg in the explosion Credit: BPM Media

A 15-year-old boy has described his family's horror after learning his father was seriously injured in an explosion in Colwick, Nottingham.

Robert Tyrko lost his leg in the incident just before 10am yesterday (20 September). Originally from Poland, he had been living in the UK for 11 years, and had worked at the firm for eight years.

The 48-year-old is one of two men injured in the explosion.

His son, Sv Krystian said members of the family had been to see him in the Queen’s Medical Centre, but he couldn’t bring himself to see his Dad in that condition.

The St Ann’s resident said:

My Mum is in bits, she’s beside herself. It’s a very difficult time for the family.

He needs another operation on his other leg, so they've put him to sleep until Friday. The other guy who was injured is my Dad’s friend. He’s in a worse way.

– Robert Tyrko's Son

The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the incident, which happened at Bio Dynamic, in Colwick Industrial Estate.

Emergency services attended the incident Credit: BPM Media

It is understood that a large upright blue cylinder exploded at the firm, which specialises in anaerobic digestion, turning food waste into energy.

A large cordon was set up by police well into the evening, and it was discovered shortly after the explosion that there had been a slurry leak which had to be cleared up.

A spokesman for Bio Dynamic said they are working with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the incident.

He said in a statement yesterday:

Unfortunately today there was an accident at our AD (Anaerobic Digestion) facility in Colwick in Nottingham. Two of our friends and colleagues have been injured and our main focus and concerns are with them.

The accident was not as a result of any failure in the normal operation of our plant and we are now working with the HSE to understand how this incident occurred.

Following liaison with the Environment Agency we can confirm there has been no harm to the local environment.

– Bio Dynamic spokeman