Consultation on intermediate risk nuclear sites
14th August 2017
SR 2017/ 156.
17th August 2017

Steel company fined £930,000

A steel company was fined £930,000 and ordered to pay costs of £70,000 after the release, in June 2011, of toxic and flammable substances from its site on Humberside.  The court heard that a large quantity of Benzole was released at an open site glass. The release resulted in a large flammable vapour cloud.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to take the appropriate safety measures to prevent the release of the toxic and flammable chemical. It was found the company failed to address the risks which had previously been identified and the incident could have been entirely avoided if the company addressed these concerns.