UK: £5m fine after fatal gas explosion

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£5m fine after fatal gas explosion

Northern Gas Networks Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after a fire and gas explosion at residential premises in Mirfield resulted in the death of the homeowner.

West Yorkshire Fire service were called to a fire and explosion in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, West Yorks, on 11 February 2019. The occupier, Elena Frunza, was discovered during a search of the property, whilst it was still on fire. She was taken to Pinderfields General Hospital where she died the following morning.

The HSE’s investigation found that the source of the gas escape was identified as being from a fractured six inch cast iron main running under the carriageway to the front of the property. The investigation found that the main did not appear on Northern Gas Networks drawings and had therefore not been maintained in accordance with the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996.   Read more…

£5m fine after fatal gas explosion

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