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NDT TESTING FIRM FINED OVER CO DEATH

Worker died from carbon monoxide poisoning in accommodation unit

Non Destructive Testing Services Limited of Nottingham has been fined £70,000 after a workman died from carbon monoxide poisoning whilst using an accommodation unit.

Southwark Crown Court heard that the father of three from Nottingham was carrying out pile testing for Non Destructive Testing Services Limited at a construction site in Brixton, London on 29 May 2012.

The accommodation unit he was using was fitted to a vehicle and whilst inside he was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes generated by a gas appliance inside the unit.

Adequate ventilation not installed

HSE investigators found the accommodation unit had been set up with two gas appliances, with associated pipework and gas bottles which had been stored within it for a number of years. There was also inadequate ventilation in the unit.

The company had not planned out how the welfare unit would be equipped when deciding to fit it to the vehicle and failed to carry out suitable and sufficient inspections of the cabins over a long period of time.

Non Destructive Testing Services Limited of Lenton Business Centre, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974 and was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay costs of £45,944.

Speaking after the case HSE Inspector Darren Alldis said:

“This case shows the importance of planning out properly the design of welfare accommodation. The consideration of risks associated with gas and carbon monoxide is essential.

This unit should never have been set up in this way and posed a risk throughout the whole time it was being used.”

Useful Link

Information on the risk of carbon monoxide and fire/explosion when using gas appliances in welfare accommodation.

 

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