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MAJOR FIRM FINED OVER RIDDOR NON-NOTIFICATION

HSE prosecution highlights need to report dangerous occurrences

Tata Chemicals, an international chemicals company, has been fined more than £100,000 after workers were put in danger in three separate incidents in 2010. Chester Crown Court heard (10 April 2013) that the incidents involved:

  • Failure of corroded walkway gratings; and
  • Release of dangerous gas resulting in high levels of carbon monoxide.

The company pleaded guilty to four breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of workers.

In addition, the company admitted two breaches of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) after it failed to report the two walkway collapses as soon as possible, despite this being a legal requirement.

Tata Chemicals was fined a total of £100,750 for all six offences and ordered to pay £71,082 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Gill Chambers said:

“The chemical industry has the potential to be extremely dangerous so it’s vital that firms like Tata Chemicals make health and safety their top priority. Unfortunately, the company fell way below acceptable standards on multiple occasions.”

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