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Further HSE enforcement notices issued at Bosley Wood Flour Mill

Date:
17 August 2015

HSE continues to work closely with Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services at the Wood Flour Mill in Bosley. 

As part of the on-going investigation, HSE last week served a further Prohibition Notice (PN) on mill owners Wood Treatment Ltd, in relation to dust issues in a sheds on the site of the mill. 

The Prohibition Notice has been served preventing work activities until the issues identified involving the processing and bagging of large amounts of paper dust in one of the sheds on site, have been resolved. 

This is the second PN served on the mill during the investigation into the fatal explosion on July 17 and inspectors are working with the company to ensure safety and further enforcement action has not been ruled out. An Improvement Notice was served alongside the first PN two weeks ago, with all notices related to conditions in the sheds. 

HSE Head of Operations for the North West, Steve Smith, said: “As the investigation progresses, HSE Inspectors are working with the company to identify potential and actual safety issues around the site. 

“HSE specialists continue to assist with the collection of evidence in order to try to establish exactly what happened.” 

Notes to editors:

  1. HSE has a range of enforcement powers, ranging from verbal and written advice, Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices and prosecutions under various health and safety laws in England and Wales
  2. More information about enforcement notices is available here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/enforcementguide/notices/notices-intro.htm
  3. A Notice of Contravention accompanies a PN and merely sets out in writing the issues the company needs to address to comply with the enforcement notice.

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