Petrol station in Baku, where explosion occurred, was at contractor’s disposal

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14

By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

The explosion at gas station of the Lukoil-Azerbaijan Joint-Stock Company, located on the R.Guliyev str. 6 in Baku's Khatai district, occurred during repair and construction works being conducted at the station by a sub-contractor, according to a message from the company.

On January 13 the gas station's operation was suspended due to the repair and construction works and it was handed over to a contracting organization.

Yesterday an explosion occurred at the Lukoil petrol station's gas tank in Baku's Khatai district.

The explosion killed two employees of the contracting company.

The investigation department of Baku City Prosecutor's Office launched a criminal case under the Criminal Code's Article 162.2 (violation of labor safety rules, resulting in the death) with regard to the deaths of Shamkhal Orujov and Hasret Imamverdiyev and injury of Hashim Turabov in an explosion that occurred on Thursday around 16:30 at the Lukoil-Azerbaijan gas station.

The explosion occurred following the ignition of dangerous air-gas mixture, which was formed as a result of evaporation of oil products in a closed area, according to preliminary reports.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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