West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the guilty verdict and the fine against PHS Ltd following the explosion at their site in Burscough in October 2010.
MP Rosie has been working with local residents since the explosion took place. Rosie made representations to the Health and Safety Executive on residents’ behalf over the length of the investigation and legal action. In February 2012 Rosie raised the issue in Parliament, tabling questions to the Minister of State for Employment.
In response to the verdict, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Securing a guilty verdict is a positive end to this situation. The decision and the fine send a clear message to companies that they cannot put their workers and residents living nearby at risk through laziness.
“As the Health and Safety Executive have said, this explosion could have been avoided if the company had shown more care and attention to their working practices.
“Following the explosion in 2010, residents were quite rightly concerned for their safety. For some residents they would have liked to have seen the site closed down.
“The decision by Liverpool Crown Court should ensure that we never see a repeat of this situation ever again and that the company has taken the necessary action to ensure workers and residents are never put at risk in this way again.”