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Welsh vehicle seat manufacturer fined after worker injured in explosion

25 April 2016

A vehicle seat manufacturing company based in Ebbw Vale has been fined after a worker was injured in an explosion. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how an operator at Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited suffered burns to his head and hands in the 26 January 2015 incident.

The Sears plant in Ebbw Vale - Image: Google
The Sears plant in Ebbw Vale - Image: Google

Highly flammable release agent is used to prevent dispensed foam sticking to the seat mould. It was during this process that the release agent ignited, causing an explosion which injured the operator.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that a failure to have suitable control measures in place caused the release agent to ignite.

Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited, of Rassau Industrial Estate, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5,6, and 9 of Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,010.


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