The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) Competent Body is made up from three organisations the Health Safety Executive (HSE), the Environment Agency (EA – for England and Wales) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
These three organisations are responsible for the enforcement of the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations. As well as this, the Competent Authority Strategic Management Group (CASMG) is responsible for planning of work for the CA as a whole and is responsible for reporting back publicly on progress both in the UK and to the European Union.
Because the brief of the COMAHCA is to report on serious incidents, it has little impact on the workplace in general, but it does make sure that if some disaster does occur – such as a major spillage of oil or chemical or an explosion – the whole of industry learns from any mistakes that were made and therefore ensures that it does not happen again.
All reports are made public once they have been delivered to the relevant authorities and can be accessed online on the HSE website, creating a useful body of information.
Major incidents are thankfully rare
Major accidents which come under the remit of CASMAG are not common and some years have none at all on the reporting list. Even so, some unexpected events can be catastrophic and life-changing and sometimes they can be directly attributable to the negligence of someone else.
It is unlikely that a major explosion or serious chemical spill will happen with no casualties – if you have been hurt in a major incident, contact AAH as soon as you can to find out if you might be eligible for a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has great experience
Because major incidents don’t happen very often, you need an experienced company of personal injury specialists – AAH have been in business for 14 years and so their staff have a wide knowledge of all kinds of different compensation claims.
Esther Rantzen, our patron, is keen to make everyone aware that claiming compensation is easy with AAH and needs no payment in advance, thanks to our no win, no fee policy. Call or use the 30-second claim calculator on our website to find out if you are eligible for making a claim for compensation for injury or industrial illness which is someone else’s fault.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown