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UK: manslaughter conviction

UK: manslaughter conviction
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A South Yorkshire waste processing company has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter and fined £500,000 after one of its staff was killed and another seriously injured in an explosion.

SHP reports the January 2011 incident at Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd occurred when the door of an autoclave machine blew out when under pressure, killing the operator and leaving a hole in the factory wall.

A joint investigation by the police and the HSE found a screw connection to the autoclave locking ring - which secured the door - had failed. It was found the company had long been aware of an issue with the autoclave doors but had not tried to fix it.

The company had made modifications to its autoclaves but lacked competence in operating steam autoclave systems and any appreciation of the risks. Safety devices had been removed for the sake of production, and running repairs had been made without getting to the nub of the problem.

Employees, said the HSE's inspector, were adequately trained but felt "in genuine fear for their safety at the site" as the company wished to maintain production at all costs.

The plant lost business after the incident and has since closed.

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Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd
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