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Three men suffer burn injuries in gas explosion at work

A gas supply company has been fined following an explosion which left three employees with severe personal injuries in the accident at work.

The managing director of the company had been in the process of removing a valve from a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder when the explosion took place. The man's clothes caught fire in the explosion and a worker was thrown across the building. Another employee working nearby was also injured in the work accident.

All three men were taken to hospital where they were treated at a specialist burns injury unit. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the two men had failed to check that the gas cylinder was empty before working on it and had also failed to safety check the surrounding area.

The managing director of the company, which is based in St Helens in Merseyside, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court where he was fined £22,500 after being found guilty of breaching Health and Safety Regulations.

An HSE inspector stated after the court hearing that the accident at work could have been prevented had simple safety checks been carried out.


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