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Safety signs needed for hazardous substances

2nd November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

Companies are being urged to ensure staff and contract workers are safe around hazardous substances, which could be achieved by installing the correct safety signs.

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) warning came after Eco-Oil, a waste oil storage company from Kent, and its owner, Ian Cross from Millbourne, Wickhambreaux, were prosecuted following an incident.

Eco-Oil was fined £125,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000, while Mr Cross was fined £5,000 and had to pay costs of £500.

The prosecution came after an explosion and large fire at the plant when contract worker Michael White was welding the roof to one tank.

David Gregory, an inspector for the HSE, said: "The message is clear - make sure your controls are commensurate with the actual risk. In this case, they were wholly inadequate and the incident was an inevitable consequence."

Currently, industrial estates in Sunderland are being inspected to ensure they have the correct safety signs and procedures in place to protect workers.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19437450-ADNFCR


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