£700,000 penalty for fatal gas leak

Source: on 2009-07-27 14:55:00

A multinational metal refiner has been ordered to pay a £533,000 fine plus £200,000 costs after two workers suffocated to death at its Hereford plant.In June 2004, maintenance engineer Richard Clarkson descended into a concrete-lined pit to fix a temperature monitor at the Bodycote HIP (hot isostatic processing) plant, which heat treats metal components such as wind turbine blades. Clarkson collapsed from lack of oxygen after argon, an invisible and odourless ...

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