24 October 2019 16:35
Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email An investigation is now underway after an explosion at a JCB factory. Emergency services were called out to the digger-maker's Heavy Products plant in Uttoxeter this afternoon. Hundreds of workers were forced to evacuate as firefighters tackled a blaze after a piece of machinery caught alight. Four patients were treated at the scene before being discharged. Now JCB has confirmed an internal investigation into what caused the blast has started.
A JCB spokesman said: "Everyone was evacuated safely and was quickly accounted for. An internal investigation is underway." Fire crews from Cheadle and Longton were the first at the scene at shortly before 12noon today (October 24). Police, paramedics and the Hazardous Area Response Team also attended. In a statement West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 11.52am to a premises on Uttoxeter Road, Uttoxeter. "Four patients have been assessed by ambulance staff and discharged on scene. We've since been stood down from the scene." StokeonTrentLive has approached the Health and Safety Executive for a comment. Our new FREE WhatsApp service for you! StokeonTrentLive has launched a WhatsApp service dedicated to keeping you up to date with the news! Click here to join and follow the instructions on your phone. Your number won't be shared with anyone else in the group. If you want more information on signing up, or if this link doesn't work, click here.