Essex company in court after massive chemical spill

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted in Uncategorised on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

An industrial estate was evacuated and access roads closed as a result of the incident at Industrial Chemicals Limited (ICL) in Grays on 11 July 2013 after four of its chemical storage tanks failed.

The incident occurred when a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) tank catastrophically failed, releasing its contents of 66 tonnes of aluminium chloride. This caused chemical spills from a further three tanks that were damaged by following the first spillage, releasing aluminium chloride and hydrochloric acid.

At Basildon Crown Court, Industrial Chemicals Limited, of Hogg Lane, Grays, were fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £14,231 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The full HSE article can be found here http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/essex-company-in-court-after-massive-chemical-spill/

Our Personal Injury team comments “This was a major chemical spill caused by a failure to operate a satisfactory system of health and safety. Given the nature of this accident, it was extremely fortunate that this did not lead to serious injury to employees or the public”.

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