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Refinery accidents highlight importance of safety signs

5th January 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

An accident at an oil refinery in Lancashire has led to three companies being fined almost £300,000 and illustrated the importance of health and safety signs.

Shell UK Oil Products, Dalprop (formerly SG Blair and Co) and Hertel UK were fined a total of £283,332 at Warrington Crown Court as a result of a February 2007 incident at Stanlow Manufacturing Complex near Ellesmere Port.

It occurred when a worker was hit by 500kg of waste materials while removing concrete lining from a cracker unit, causing him severe injuries which have left him paralysed.

Alan Graham, an inspector with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said that the incident highlights the importance of safe working environments, such as those utilising health and safety signs.

"This case clearly demonstrates why it's so important for companies to put the safety of their employees first," he added.

The prosecution comes after Stephen Williams, the HSE's London regional director, recently said that precautions such as safety signs should be used to prevent accidents in 2010.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19539392-ADNFCR


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