Statement on Tata Steel incident overnight (Published 12/04/2019)

Please see below a statement from David Rees AM on the incident that occurred at Tata Steel Port Talbot overnight.


Following the incident at Tata Steel Port Talbot in the early hours of this morning, I would like to thank all Tata Employees and the Emergency Services for their swift response and the way in which they dealt with the incident. I would like to send my best wishes to the 2 people who have been injured and I wish them both a speedy recovery with the hope that their injuries are minor as stated by South Wales Police this morning.


There are many questions this morning from employees and residents about what happened that caused such an explosion that affected so many households in the Port Talbot and neighbouring communities. It is important that we find out what happened, why it happened and what must now be done to avoid future such incidents. I expect Tata to work with the trade unions to undertake a thorough investigation to seek answers to those questions.  We must also look at what impact will this incident have on production at the plant, and how much damage has been done at the site.


I have called for a meeting with Tata management at the works and will be raising these concerns with them.