04 September 2007
Company fined over explosion
A plastics company has been fined for breaching health and safety laws following an explosion in a factory in 2004.
The blast occurred at a Stockline plastics factory in Glasgow and resulted in the nine people dying and 33 sustaining injuries.
ICL Plastics and ICL Tech were charged £200,000 at a hearing in Glasgow's High Court after pleading guilty to four health and safety charges, including the failure to carry out adequate risk assessments and failure to ensure employee safety.
According to Stewart Campbell, director of the Health and Safety Executive Scotland, the explosion occurred after liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) leaked from a corroded pipe.
He commented: "It is important for all those affected by the explosion that lessons are learned and I would like to remind all users and suppliers of LPG of the risk from buried pipes carrying LPG."
LPG is used for a variety of purposes, including cooking, agricultural processes and powering vehicles.