Total UK prosecuted

Total UK Limited has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and subsequently fined £1.4 million plus £35,000 in costs for a breach of COMAH regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The case was heard at Hull Crown Court at the end of July. The prosecution arose following a fire which occurred over five years ago at Total’s Lindsey Oil Refinery on 29th June 2010.
In an external statement, the company said:
Total UK Limited deeply regrets the accident in 2010 and wishes to repeat its profound sorrow and regret to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Robert Greenacre, a colleague working for a maintenance contractor, who died during the incident at the Lindsey Oil Refinery site.
Total has worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive during their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident and have fully cooperated to provide them with all the necessary information. Following findings from the investigation, immediate improvements were made including a re-design of piping, the implementation of revised systems and procedures and the provision of additional training to prevent such an accident occurring in the future.
We remain committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors and we are continuously reviewing our Safety, Health and Environmental risk management practices and procedures across the whole of our operations.