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Safety signs highlighted by Alba Proteins prosecution

12th November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

The importance of safety signs have been highlighted by an accident taking place in Penrith, Cumbria.

Alba Proteins (Penrith) Ltd has been fined £20,000 and £9,271 in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Three workers were injured when an offal cooker exploded as they were trying to remove a blockage, resulting in them suffering a number of burns and injuries.

Steven Smith, head of operations in the North West for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), claims that no guidance or training was given to the workers about how to remove blockages safely.

He states: "These three men were seriously injured because Alba Proteins didn't have basic safety procedures in place for dealing with blockages, despite there being three similar blockages in the past."

Earlier this week, Laing O'Rourke Infrastructure Limited and SGB Services Limited were prosecuted following an accident resulting in the death of an employee, highlighting the importance of using safety signs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19456313-ADNFCR


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