HSE statement following incident at water recycling centre in Avonmouth

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) remains at the site of a water recycling centre in Avonmouth following yesterday’s fatal explosion.

HSE is fully supporting the investigation into the incident, for which Avon and Somerset Police have primacy.

Giles Hyder, HSE’s head of operations in the South West said:

“We send our deepest condolences to the families of those who tragically died. It is important a joint investigation with the police is carried out.

“We will provide specialist support to what is likely to be a complex investigation under the command of the police.”


Notes to Editors

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at press.hse.gov.uk
  4. Given this is a fatal incident, the Work Related Deaths Protocol is now being applied. https://www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/wrdp/