Firm fined over worker's death

Wallop Defence Systems has been sentenced at Winchester Crown Court after a worker died in an explosion in June 2006. Anthony Sheridan, 37, was killed in the blast.

Statement from Wallop Defence Systems

Wallop Defence Systems says it offers its 'sincere condolences' to the family and friends of Anthony Sheridan, who died in an explosion. The company said it had pleaded guilty at the first reasonable opportunity to offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

"Wallop takes health and safety extremely seriously. The company has, in the six years since the incident took place, made every effort to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. A full review of the manufacturing process has been undertaken."

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Defence firm fined for worker's death

A defence firm has been sentenced today for health and safety breaches that led to the death of a worker six years ago. Anthony Sheridan died in a factory explosion in June 2006 at Wallop Defence Systems in Over Wallop. The firm has been fined £266,000 and ordered to pay costs of £110,000.