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Firm fined after explosion kills worker

18th January 2010 | Warning Signs

A global defence firm has been fined £80,000 after the death of an employee following an explosion at a site in Lancashire, illustrating the need for warning signs.

BAE Systems Land Systems (Munitions and Ordnance) was prosecuted at Liverpool Crown Court for the March 2005 accident, when an employee was working with lead styphnate, a sensitive primary explosive.

Though the exact cause of death is unknown, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there were unsafe working procedures in place, showing the importance of warning signs.

HSE inspector Colin Hutchinson commented: "Explosives companies must learn from this incident by making sure their safety procedures are both sufficient and rigidly followed to avoid needless loss of life in the future."

Meanwhile, a recent study conducted by Resource GB found that 35 per cent of workers in the UK feel that they are working in an unsafe environment.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19561918-ADNFCR


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