Safety inspectors are still trying to figure out what caused a fatal explosion at a Cheshire flour mill.
Four people were killed in the blast at the Wood Flour Mill in Bosley on July 17, which triggered the collapse of a 4-storey building.
As part of the on-going investigation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently served a second Prohibition Notice (PN) on mill owners Wood Treatment Ltd, in relation to dust issues in a sheds on the site of the mill.
It prevents work activities until the issues identified involving the processing and bagging of large amounts of paper dust in one of the sheds have been resolved.
HSE first served a PN two weeks ago alongside an Improvement Notice, which related to conditions in the sheds.
Inspectors are working closely with Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services to establish what caused the blast. They are also working with the company to ensure safety of its workforce.
Further enforcement action has not been ruled out either.
Accidents at work
In addition to the four workers who lost their lives, dozens more were also injured in the accident at work.
Thankfully most of the injuries were minor and could be treated at the scene, but a few employees were rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Steve Smith, HSE Head of Operations for the North West, says it is important to work with Wood Treatment Ltd to identify potential and actual safety issues around the site in order to prevent future accidents.
He confirmed specialists continue to assist with the collection of evidence to try to establish exactly what caused the devastating explosion.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: August 21, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown