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Two firms fined after multiple chemical accidents

16th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Two chemical firms have been prosecuted after multiple incidents occurred at their factory in Sandycroft, Flintshire, which left a total of six workers injured with some requiring hospitalisation.

The incidents, which occurred between November 2011 and November 2012, included four separate incidents where employees were exposed to methyl iodide, a highly toxic substance that can affect the central nervous system.

Another incident saw three workers exposed to dichloromethane, which has potential narcotic and carcinogenic effects.

Archimica Chemicals Ltd pleaded guilty to four beaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and its trading partner Euticals Ltd pleaded guilty to four breaches for failing to comply with two HSE improvement notices.

Euticals also pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

Archimica was fined £80,000, while Euticals was fined £20,000 for the health and safety breaches and a further £20,000 for the environmental charges. Both companies are now in liquidation.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801672746-ADNFCR


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