The First Milk Cheese Company Ltd has been sentenced after a major explosion at its cheese factory in Cumbria in July 2010. No one was injured as a result of the incident, despite the impact of the explosion destroying the boiler house, lifting the roof off the building and demolishing part of two walls.

The HSE investigation found a blocked vent on a water heating and storage system had caused the explosion. The blockage led to an increase in pressure within the tank with the water reaching a temperature of almost 150 degrees Celsius.

The company pled guilty to a breach of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and was fi ned £20,000 with a further £36,064 to be paid in prosecution costs.