We have previously reported on the prosecution of Deeside Metals following an incident in April 2005 when their employee, Mark Wright, was fatally injured during an explosion at their plant. Sealed aerosol containers were being baled when a volatile vapour produced from the process ignited. Deeside was one of three Defendants prosecuted as a result of the incident, and in December 2010 were fined £100k with costs of £10k. The Court required payment to be made over four years with the first payment due by December 2011. The appeal was based on Deeside’s limited ability to pay and they argued that an annual payment of £25k would put the company out of business. The Court of Appeal accepted those submissions and halved the fine to £50k. The period for payment was also extended to five years over which payment was to be made.
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