Monday, 9 May 2016

Ebbw Vale vehicle seat manufacturing company fined £52,010 after ignition of release agent

Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited, an  Ebbw Vale vehicle seat manufacturing company, was fined £52,010 (inc. costs) after a worker was injured from an explosion.
The circumstances were:
  • Highly flammable release agent is used to prevent dispensed foam sticking to the seat mould.
  • The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) require an assessment to have been carried out and suitable control measures put in place to prevent an explosion.
  • A failure to have suitable control measures in place caused the release agent to ignite on 26 January 2015.
  • An operator suffered burns to his head and hands.

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