Thursday, 23 June 2016

Company fined £287,000 after confined space incident

John Pointon and Sons Limited, a food waste disposal and recycling firm, was fined £287,362 (inc.costs) after three employees were overcome by toxic gases, including hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced oxygen atmosphere in an animal waste facility.
The circumstances were:
  • The company had been prosecuted twice before for two fatal incidents which involved confined space entry.
  • The company still had no confined spaces procedure.
  • On 23 April 2014, an employee accessed a compartment within an animal waste trailer to free animal waste and was overcome by the gases.
  • Subsequently, two further employees entered the waste compartment and were also overcome by the gases.

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