Calor Gas fined for major LPG leak
A major gas company has been hit with a five-figure fine after a leak at its terminal in Essex.
About 163 tonnes of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) were emitted following the leak and formed a vapour cloud above the Canvey Island site on October 27th 2008.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that its owners, Calor Gas, had failed to provide the necessary measures to prevent the incident occurring.
In addition, the company was criticised for not responding adequately to the emergency by immediately informing the HSE about the highly-flammable gas in the atmosphere.
Calor Gas admitted breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £27,500 and ordered to pay £27,185 in costs at a hearing at Basildon Crown Court.
"This site is specifically designated as a major hazard site and that means that the correct management of risk is absolutely essential," said HSE inspector John Hawkins.
"It was fortunate that the incident did not escalate further, since no emergency alarm sounded."
Calor Gas is the UK's leading supplier of liquefied petroleum gas and currently services about four million homes and businesses.
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