Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Analysis: VOP crisis staff non-operational at time of explosion

Crisis staff at the Vojenský Opravarenský Podnik (Military Maintenance Company - VOP) in Nováky (Trenčin region) were non-operational at the time of the explosion that took place at the site on March 2, a VOP crisis management analysis due to be dealt with by the Cabinet on August 8, reads.

The analysis also revealed that various types of ammunition were scattered about the VOP premises prior to the explosion.

"The company management failed to provide information on the amount and type of ammunition in the defusing hall, or on the number of people working there at the time of the explosion," the report adds.

The analysis, which will be submitted by Defence Minister František Kašický, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, and Health Minister Ivan Valentovič, also states that communications, standby sources of energy and crisis staff headquarters were not sufficiently provided for at the company.

The huge explosion at VOP in March killed eight people, seriously injured another, and caused serious injuries to 20 others. The damage to property belonging to VOP and other individuals and companies in Nováky and the neighbouring towns has been estimated at Sk61 million (€1.83 million).

Police have so far charged five people with negligence.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.