Donal Scanlon, who was 21 and from Clashmore in Co Waterford, died yesterday in Cork University Hospital.
He was airlifted to CUH on Wednesday morning after the accident at B&C Services, where he had been working as an apprentice.
It is understood Mr Scanlon had studied at Waterford Institute of Technology and had been working at B&C Services, a metal fabrication specialists in a unit at an industrial estate in the Foxhole area of Youghal, for a number of months.
It is believed he was working on an oil tank at about 9.30am on Wednesday when there was a localised explosion. It is understood he was using plasma cutting equipment to cut off the top of a barrel that had been used to store waste oil.
In the explosion, it is understood the top of the barrel was blown off, striking the apprentice fitter. After a local doctor and off-duty paramedic attended the scene he was airlifted from the nearby Youghal GAA pitch to CUH by the coastguard Sikorski Rescue 117 helicopter.
Members of Mr Scanlon’s family, including his sister who returned home from Britain, gathered at his bedside on Wednesday and through into yesterday morning, when he died.
The Health and Safety Authority is to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the workplace accident and local inspectors were at the scene yesterday afternoon.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor Tom Cronin said yesterday that people in Clashmore were devastated at the death of Mr Scanlon, who was a popular young man who had been a key part of the community.
Mr Scanlon was heavily involved in the local Clashmore Ramblers football club and had also played with the local GAA club side, including taking a role on the panel in a recent local final.
Mr Cronin told WLRFM. “This was a freak accident at work, and our sincerest sympathies go out to all the family.”