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Chemical firm fined following explosion at Widnes plant

30-09-2015

Photo shows the damaged roof where the explosion took placeA chemical firm has been fined after a hydrogen explosion blew a vessel lid through a factory roof, leaving a worker with minor injuries.

Catalloy Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its plant on Moss Bank Road in Widnes on 25 November 2011. The …

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Gas fitter to carry out unpaid community work after explosion injures pensioner

03-12-2013

Photo shows the damaged gas pipe

A gas fitter has received a suspended prison sentence and curfew, and been ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid community work, after a pensioner suffered severe burns in a gas explosion at his home in Manchester.

Peter Smith, 66, was in a coma for three months following the blast, which happ…

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Chemical firm fined for Burscough explosion

04-10-2013

Photo shows the aftermath of the blaze at Burscough Industrial Estate

A chemical firm has been ordered to pay £150,000 in fines and costs over a major explosion at a waste management site in Lancashire that caused three workers to sustain serious burns.

Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS) Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blas…

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Gas fitter sentenced over Irlam explosion

16-04-2013

Irlam Merlin Road gas explosion

A gas fitter has been sentenced following a major explosion in Irlam which injured ten adults and five children, and left a 73-year-old woman with severe burns.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Paul Kay after carrying out a large-scale investigation into the explosion on Merlin Ro…

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Former pie maker told to pay £375,000 over worker's death

08-03-2013

The walk-in oven following the explosion

A West Yorkshire firm was today fined £250,000 for safety offences after a gas explosion in an industrial bakery oven ripped through its factory - killing a father of two and badly injuring another worker.

Andrew Jones Pies, of Huddersfield, which is now in administration, was also told by a jud…

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UK Power Networks fined over worker death

07-01-2013

The fire at the Bishops Hall Lane substation in ChelmsfordUK Power Networks (Operations) Limited, which supplies power to the East of England, London and the South East, has been ordered to pay £420,000 in fines and costs after an employee died while working at one of its Essex sites.

Electrical engineer John Higgins, 59, from Colchester, was killed at a…

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Property developer sentenced over Manchester gas explosion

30-11-2012

A property development firm has been fined £100,000 following a major gas explosion that destroyed dozens of homes in South Manchester.

PJ Livesey Group Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blast at the Didsbury Gate development on 8 December 2009.
The aftermath of the gas explosion at the Didsbury Gate development in South Manchester

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Defence company sentenced over explosion death

12-11-2012

The aftermath of the first explosion and scale of the fireWallop Defence Systems Ltd. (WDS) has been ordered to pay £376,000 in fines and costs for safety failings that caused a fatal explosion at its Hampshire factory.

Anthony Sheridan, 37, from Over Wallop, was killed from injuries sustained in the blast at WDS, in Middle Wallop near Stockbridge, in Ju…

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Redhill company fined £167,000 over worker's death

08-10-2012

A Redhill-based construction company has been ordered to pay £210,000 in fines and costs after an employee died following an explosion on a construction site in central London. The explosion occurred following damage to an 11,000 volt live cable within an excavation.

Ioan Boboc, 22, a constr…

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Dairy firm sentenced over explosion at Allerdale factory

17-08-2012

The remains of the boiler house after the explosionA national dairy firm has been sentenced following a major explosion at its cheese factory in Cumbria.

The boiler house at Aspatria Creamery, on Station Road in Aspatria, was partially destroyed in the blast on 29 July 2010, which threw debris more than 100 metres across the site.

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Paisley joiner ordered to do community service after unsafe gas installation caused explosion

06-08-2012

A self-employed joiner has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service after a gas cooker he illegally installed exploded, severely injuring two householders and causing more than £580,000 worth of damage toGas Safe Register logo four properties.

Alex Irvine was hired by John and Emily Reid to cut out a kitc…

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Widnes firm fined over employee's fall injuries

29-03-2012

A Cheshire worker could have been killed when he fell from the top of a chemical storage tank, a court has heard.

The 44-year-old from Bala, North Wales, had been carrying out maintenance work on the tank at a plant in Widnes when the chemical vapour inside set alight, causing an explosion. The wo…

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Fuel injection specialists fined after worker injured

26-03-2012

A firm specialising in diesel fuel injection has been fined after a worker was set on fire at its Derbyshire premises.

The 23-year-old apprentice mechanic had been with Swadlincote Diesel Fuel Injection Services Ltd. for 18 months. On 16 March 2009, he and another employee were burning rubbish in …

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St. Helens Managing Director sentenced over gas explosion

15-02-2012

The Managing Director of a St Helens gas supply firm has appeared in court after he and an employee suffered multiple burns in an explosion.

John Webster was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he and another worker received burns to their faces, hands and legs at North West Ga…

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New Year's Eve explosion leaves two security guards in hospital

05-01-2012

Two security guards suffered serious facial burns after an explosion at the Welbeck Colliery site at Meden Vale on 31 December.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the incident along with police and the fire service as the source of the explosion at an electrical sub station at th…

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Factory explosion is China kills three workers

05-01-2012

Three people were killed and four others injured in a workshop explosion in Zhejiang Province last night.

Initial reports are that a reaction kettle exploded and triggered a fire in a chemical factory.

All seven workers trapped following the explosion were rescued, but two died at the scene, and ano…

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iPad 2 supplier factory explosion injures 61 workers

19-12-2011

An explosion at Shanghai's Riteng Computer Accessory Company factory has left 61 workers injured, 23 of whom have been hospitalised with burns.

The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, with the factory in the middle of a trial production run of aluminium back panels for Apple's iPad 2 tablet.

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Scunthorpe firm in court after worker scarred for life

17-11-2011

A construction company has been prosecuted for safety failings after a young worker was left permanently scarred when he struck an underground cable during digging work.

Richard Baisley, 26, of Scunthorpe, received severe burns to his hands, arms, face and chest when he drilled through concrete a…

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Illegal gas fitter receives two-year prison sentence

24-10-2011

An Accrington man who falsely claimed he was a registered gas engineer has been sent to prison for two years for endangering people's lives at two properties in Lancashire, including a baby boy.

Stephen Jonathan was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for committing a total of six…

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CEMEX fined after man killed in explosion

18-10-2011

A multinational cement firm has been fined £200,000 following the death of a worker in an explosion at its Rugby premises.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted CEMEX UK Operations Ltd, which makes cement and building products for the construction industry, after the death of 28-year-o…

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