Companies have been urged to be on their guard against injury compensation claims by tightening up safety procedures after a worker was killed in an explosion at BAE Systems’ Lancashire site.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted BAE Systems Land Systems following the death of Lynda Wilkins at the company’s explosives plant in Chorley.
Mrs Wilkins had been working with the sensitive primary explosive lead styphnate in 2005 when she was killed, while HSE was unable to determine the cause of the explosion as she was working alone.
However, the safety body found that the company had allowed unsafe working procedures by providing an inadequate level of supervision and monitoring.
"Explosives companies must learn from this incident by making sure their safety procedures are both sufficient and rigidly followed to avoid needless loss of life in the future," commented HSE inspector Colin Hutchinson.
It follows news that three companies have been fined after a man was paralysed from the waist down while working at a Shell oil refinery in Cheshire.