Toner recycler fine and costs total £60,000

A Crown Court was told that a huge explosion which injured eight staff at a Surrey industrial site, five seriously, including one who was placed in an induced coma and was hospitalised for almost four months, occurred because of a failure to carry out fire risk assessments.

The blast was at the Lingfield premises of Ereco EMEA Corporation, where the company recycled printer toner cartridges.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service found that Ereco failed to ensure there was a safe system of work in place to reduce the risk of dangerous substances. A plan should have been completed as a result of suitable fire risks assessments and following guidelines in the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002.

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