Friday, July 02, 2010

Fines over taxi firm fatal blast

Article from BBC website on 24 February 2010

A taxi firm owner has been fined £2,400 for failing to protect his employees in relation to the storage of petrol and failing to protect the public and a petrol station £7,500 for breaching its petroleum licence after an explosion in Immingham in which two people died.

Sue Barker, 43, and Ann Mawer, 52, died in the blast at Fred's Taxis in 2007 when petrol on the premises ignited.

Mr Barker, owner of the company and husband of Sue, bought nearly 25 litres of petrol from the service station, using an unapproved container.

He then carried it into the taxi firm's office, which also contained a gas heater and electrical appliances.

The container broke and the petrol spilled and ignited, causing an explosion.

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