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Company fined following petrol spill in Essex

23rd December 2009 | Warning Signs

An Essex company has been fined over £50,000 following a petrol spill which could have been prevented by the use of warning signs.

Vopak London Terminal BV pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 and was also ordered to pay £19,136 in costs following the July 2007 accident.

It occurred when a shut-off valve at a fuel storage terminal was blocked by debris and no warning signs were put in place, resulting in petrol leaking out and putting the safety of employees at risk.

John Hawkins, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), commented: "This case should serve as a warning to all operators of petrochemical storage sites - where there are serious failings to manage health and safety HSE will not hesitate to prosecute."

The incident follows the recent prosecution of Centrewest London Buses, based at Macmillan House, Paddington Station in Westminster, following a May 2004 incident in which a bus killed a man at a site where no health and safety signs were in place.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19527379-ADNFCR



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