Following the deaths of four people, and serious injuries to another, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently informed two companies that they will face prosecution following an incident at the Pembroke Refinery, on 2 June 2011.
The companies that face charges under sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 are Valero Energy UK Limited and B & A Contracts Limited and they have been summoned to attend Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on 24 September 2018 at 2pm.
Each charge relates to the deaths of Dennis Riley, Robert Broome, Andrew Jenkins and Julie Jones and major injuries to Andrew Phillips, who were all working on the Amine Recovery Unit at the time of the explosion and Subsequent fire.
At the time of the incident in question, the refinery was operated by Chevron Limited, but ownership changed in August 2011.
HSE’s deputy director field operations, Jane Lassey, has been quoted in a statement stating: “Following a painstaking and extremely thorough investigation, much of which was conducted jointly with Dyfed Powys Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges.”
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. Working to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions, the organisation plays a crucial role in optimising workplace health and safety.
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