A manufacturing company has been fined after an empty 45 gallon steel drum once containing flammable liquid caught fire and exploded when being cut in half.

 In Premier Risk News

A manufacturing company has been fined after an empty 45 gallon steel drum once containing

flammable liquid caught fire and exploded when being cut in half. An employee of the company had

reported the incident and indicated this particular method of work had been in operation for a

significant period of time and that previous incidents had occurred. The HSE investigated and

immediately served a prohibition notice stopping the cutting of metal containers once containing

highly flammable liquid or vapour with metal cutting angle grinders. The company pleaded guilty to

breaching Regulations 5(1), 6(1) and 9(1) of the Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres

Regulations 2002 and was fined £13,666 and ordered to pay costs of £4,856. The director of the

company was found guilty of breaching Regulation 6(1) of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive

Atmospheres Regulations 2002 and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,408.

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