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South Wales Police says steel company will not face corporate manslaughter charges for fatal 2015 explosion 05 January 2018

In a statement referring to the blast at steelmaker Celsa Steel UK in Cardiff on 18 November 2015 which killed two workers, South Wales Police said: "Following a thorough joint investigation by South Wales Police and the HSE, the Crown Prosecution Service found insufficient evidence to support gross or corporate manslaughter charges." ...

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HSE accepts Crown Censure for “deeply disappointing” Buxton laboratory injury 07 December 2017

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has accepted a Crown Censure after a worker at its laboratory was injured when conducting an experiment at a testing facility. On 4 October 2016 a worker at HSE’s Laboratory in Buxton suffered serious burns while setting up an experimental hydrogen test rig. He has since returned to work....

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UK company director receives suspended sentence after lorry touches overhead power lines 10 November 2017

On November 2, the director of a London-based waste contractor was fined and given a suspended sentence after a lorry contacted 132kV overhead power lines in North London. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the company put no controls in place to prevent vehicles coming into contact with overhead power lines....

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UK company fined after tank farm explosion 02 October 2017

In September, Liverpool Crown Court heard that on 19 January 2015, contractors of ESL Fuels Ltd cut into a sealed pipe using a grinder. The pipe, which was attached to a tank, was being used as part of a waste oil recovery process at their North Blend Tank Farm. Flammable gases within the pipe ignited, resulting in an explosion within the tank and the tank lid and vent pipe being partially detached and projected over a raised walkway....

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Perenco workers rescued from platform in UK sector of North Sea after gas leak 23 August 2017

Ten offshore workers had to be rescued from a normally unattended platform off the Norfolk coast following a gas leak. The platform, owned by offshore energy company Perenco, had to be shut down to evacuate the crew and has yet to resume operations. The company confirmed no one had been injured during the incident....

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UK company fined after worker suffers flash burns 14 August 2017

A manufacturing firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered flash burns to her face, neck, chest and both arms. Pyronix Limited manufactures intruder alarm equipment. Part of the manufacturing process involves dipping Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) in Fluorocoat Thin Film Coating, which is a highly flammable substance, to provide humidity protection....

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UK car repair company fined after fatal fire 07 August 2017

The employer of a man who died after suffering extensive burns while cleaning a spray booth at the company’s base in Derbyshire has been fined. Nottingham Crown Court heard how on 26 May 2012, the employee of LW Smart Repairs Limited suffered series burns after a pressure washer ignited a highly flammable vapour. The worker later died in hospital as a result of his injuries....

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HSE served prohibition notice on Shell over Brent Charlie gas leak in May 04 August 2017

Shell was served with a Prohibition Notice by the UK offshore safety regulator over concerns a gas leak on its Brent Charlie platform in May could have led to an explosion. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) took the enforcement action on 27 May, according to information published by the regulator on its website on August 2....

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HSE releases annual UK workplace fatality figures 13 July 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatalities in 2015. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 137 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record....

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UK steel company fined £1m after worker severely burnt in explosion 30 June 2017

Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Limited (SFEL) has been fined £1m ($1.3m) after an oxygen pipe exploded in front of a worker on 9 August 2013 causing severe third degree burns. He was initially not expected to survive, having been kept in a coma for several weeks and undergoing several skin grafts....

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