23 August 2010
Man caught in Buncefield explosion claims £1m compensation
A man who was injured during the Buncefield oil depot explosion is claiming £1 million in compensation for his ordeal.
According to the London Evening Standard, former oil tanker driver Bruce Rice - who worked for contracting firm Wincanton and was made redundant in August 2006 - suffered spinal injuries, depression and post-traumatic stress following the incident in December 2005.
Therefore, the 50-year-old has decided to file a lawsuit for £1 million against Total UK, which last month, along with four other companies, was ordered to pay in excess of £9 million for breaches of health and safety regulations at the depot.
During the incident, several explosions occurred to cause a large fire which led to much of the plant being enveloped in flames. The inferno lasted for several days after the initial explosion, but while more than 40 people were injured during the blast, no one was killed.
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Posted by Richard Saunders