A South-Wales steelmaker has been fined £1.8m and ordered to pay costs of £145,771 after an explosion killed two workers and seriously injured another. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to assess the risks to which its employees were exposed when draining lubrication oil from an accumulator vessel. It was “custom and practice” on the works to manually drain hydraulic lubrication oil from the accumulator, by a procedure referred as a ‘blow down’. However it was found that this “procedure” was not fully understood or consistently carried out, thereby exposing employees to the risk of explosion.
A waste management company has been fined £350,000, ordered to pay £240,000 costs and given a £9,912 confiscation order having been found guilty on two counts of breaching waste transportation laws in 2015. Waste being shipped to China, described as paper fit for recycling, was found to contain household rubbish. The company is to appeal.
A Cumbrian specialty chemical producer has been fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £5,155 costs following an incident where a ladder being used for the inspection of a steam leak at height failed and the employee standing on it fell to the ground. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned and managed. The company also failed to ensure that equipment provided for use at height was inspected at regular intervals and was fit for use