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Transport company fined over safety breach

Date:
2 November 2016

An international transport company was sentenced following a fire on one of their wagons which caused sections of the M1 to be closed for several hours.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court was told by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, that a driver for Leman International Transport Ltd was carrying dangerous goods when he was not trained to do so.

When a fire broke out aboard the truck, no prompt effort was made to extinguish it and the fire spread to the trailer causing a series of explosions, closing the busy motorway.

Leman International Transport Ltd of Stourton, Leeds pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 5 of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 and was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £572 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin commented: “There are good reasons why drivers carrying dangerous goods should be trained, including how to use firefighting equipment. Prompt action could have stopped the fire spreading.

“Luckily in this case the explosions were only small, but some goods carried could cause significant explosions, with a serious risk of injury or death.

“This case highlights the need for better awareness within the industry and for systems to be in place to check whether drivers are trained or not.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

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