The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has served a second Prohibition Notice on Wood Treatment Ltd – the owners of Bosley Wood Flour Mill.
The HSE continues to work alongside Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services as part of the on-going investigation into the fatal explosion on 17 July.
The blast at the wood treatment works near Macclesfield killed four workers and seriously injured several others.
Thirty-five employees are believed to have been on site on the day of the tragedy and Cheshire emergency services as well as the Urban Search and Rescue team worked for days following the three explosions that devastated the mill.
As the investigation progresses, HSE inspectors continue to work with the mill owners to identify safety issues around the site and establish exactly what caused the fatal work accident.
The second Prohibition Notice to be served on the mill has been issued to prevent work activities from continuing at the location until safety issues regarding the processing and bagging of large amounts of paper dust in one of the sheds on site has been resolved.
Understandably, the families of those who died in the explosion and the several workers who were injured in the incident now want answers as they try and come to terms with the disaster.
This was a truly terrible work accident that should never have been allowed to happen. It is important to remember that not only will four families need a huge amount of support to deal with the sudden loss of their loved ones, but those who survived with serious injuries will also need physical rehabilitation and psychological counselling to deal with any significant emotional trauma they may be suffering with due to their experience and the death of their colleagues.
It is thus absolutely crucial the families of those involved are provided with the answers they need from the authorities regarding the reasons behind this terrible accident and that the HSE continues to issue Prohibition and Improvement Notices to ensure all issues of concern are resolved and that conditions on site are safe for those who continue to work there.
Matthew Tomlinson is a Senior Personal Injury Lawyer specialising in work accident compensation claims for Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
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