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Two UK companies fined for fatal 2017 explosion

14 February 2020

Two companies have been fined after a worker was killed by an explosion at a demolition site in Camden, London. P J Labour Services Ltd and Materials Movement Ltd were fined £33,000 each for breaching regulations at the site where the incident took place in 2017.

Image: HSE
Image: HSE

An investigation by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that both contractors failed in their duties to effectively plan, manage and monitor control measures to address the risks associated with the demolition of a site that contained fuel tanks.

On March 16, 2017, 54-year-old Stephen Hampton was working at a site on Swains Lane in Camden where he was cutting up an old fuel storage tank. The tank exploded and the end of the vessel struck him causing fatal injuries.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court also ordered both companies to pay costs of £7,675.38 each.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Ian Shearring said: “Mr Hampton had recently adopted two young boys and this incident leaves them, along with his wife, alone and struggling financially all for the sake of a bit more effort on both defendant’s parts. Both Materials Movement Ltd and P J Labour Services Ltd have today been held to account for killing Mr Hampton after failing to take adequate action to protect the health and safety of persons working on their site”.

“Neither company adequately assessed and controlled the risks of this highly dangerous work. It was left to the workers to devise their own methods of working, which was compounded by no site management.

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