Three workers have lost their lives in an explosion of a thermal oil boiler at the Brilon particleboard plant which is one of six German plants of the Egger group.

Company management has informed the families of the deceased employees about the accident, expressed its condolences and pledged its support. The employees were aged 21, 59 and 62 years. Psychological and pastoral support has been offered to a dozen employees.

The accident occurred in the biomass heating plant on the premises of the Sauerland wood based material manufacturer.

A replacement boiler, which had been approved by a certified company, exploded. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Some 47 fire-fighters were deployed in the large-scale operation and 30 police officers were on site.