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Chemical firm fined after Burscough explosion

The aftermath of the blast which injured three workers Credit: HSE

A chemical firm has been ordered to fined £150,000 over a major explosion at a waste management site in Lancashire in which three workers suffered serious burns.

Huge damage at the site in Burscough Credit: HSE

Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blast at Burscough Industrial Estate in Burscough in October 2010, which happened when aerosol cans were put into an industrial shredder.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that three employees working near the shredder were caught in a fireball, and surrounding buildings had to be evacuated while firefighters dealt with the resulting blaze.

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