York Waste Firm Fined
5:25pm 26th March 2010
A York hazardous waste recycling company's been fined £40,000.
BCB, based in Tockwith, pleaded guilty to failing to safeguard a flammable liquid that was used in an arson attack on the business.
The arsonist, who was a employee of the firm, had easy access to the drums which he ignited to start a blaze.
HSE inspectors also found a dangerous drum crushing machine in use at BCB, which contravened the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Harrogate Magistrates Court heard that a vital safety guard was missing from the machine, which exposed operators to dangerous internal mechanics, including a hydraulic ram capable of applying two tones worth of pressure.
Furthermore, employees would have struggled to stop the crusher should an accident have occurred because the safety stop switch was covered in grime and was almost unrecognisable.
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