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UK chemical plant explosion kills one

30 July 2018

An explosion at the Briar Chemicals plant in Norwich led to the death of one worker, Norfolk Police said on July 27. A police spokesperson confirmed the incident was not chemical related and said there was no risk to other site workers or the public. Another worker was taken to hospital and treated for shock.

Local media quoted a Briar Chemicals spokesman saying that all of other staff were accounted for and safe, and that the site was completely shut down for the day following the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers are currently working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the circumstances leading up to the incident and enquiries are on-going.”

According to its website the company employs 220 and makes chemical products for the crop protection, fine and speciality chemicals sectors. The Norwich site is an Upper Tier COMAH establishment under the Seveso III Directive.

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