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'Slack regime' at fatal blast company
12:00am Friday 19th October 2012 in News
A DEFENCE company’s slack health and safety regime led to the death of a worker who was blown up by a build-up of volatile nitroglycerin, a court heard.
Wallop Defence Systems Ltd (WDS) exposed technician Anthony Sheridan to the highly explosive substance as he emptied an oven containing flare pellets at the firm’s factory in Over Wallop in June 2006.
The 37-year-old was blown 29 metres from the explosion that sprinkled debris more than 300 metres, Winchester Crown Court heard.
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