Catalloy fined after explosion at metal catalysts plant

By Gareth Macdonald contact

- Last updated on GMT

Catalloy fined after explosion at metal catalysts plant

Related tags: Hydrogen

A UK supplier of metal catalysts to the drug industry has been fined after an explosion at its site in Widnes left an employee with minor injuries.

Warrington Crown Court fined Catalloy Ltd £80,000 ($121,000) and ordered to pay a further £80,000 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of workers.

The case dates back to 2011 when one of the chemical reactors at the Widnes facility exploded injuring an employee and damaging the roof.

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted Catalloy, said the firm had “fitted a new seal on the reactor to prevent air getting in, but had not properly considered the risks of the increased pressure inside the equipment during the production process​.”

HSE Inspector Mhairi Duffy said “Catalloy deals with potentially dangerous substances every day and so it’s vital nothing is left to chance when it comes to the safety of its workers.

“The company should have carefully considered the risks of sealing the reactor but instead it continued with the production process and there was a major hydrogen explosion as a result"

“Luckily, only one worker suffered minor injuries in the blast but the consequences could easily have been fatal.”

Catalloy makes skeletal metal catalysts and supported precious metal catalysts for hydrogenation of specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, and petrochemical products & intermediates. 

The firm’s products are used in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Catalloy  did not respond to a request for comment.

Related news

Related products

show more

Vaccine Innovation in the Era of COVID19

Vaccine Innovation in the Era of COVID19

Covance Patient Safety | 01-Oct-2020 | Sponsored Link

During this time of worldwide crisis, there is an increasing demand for the acceleration of a vaccination for COVID19. Regardless of the great recent advancements...

Innovations in OSD

Innovations in OSD

Recorded the 06-Oct-2020 | Webinar

This DFE series of educational webinars looks at innovations in Oral Solid Dose Forms with the emergence of advanced technologies such as Continuous Manufacturing...

Register for free

Lactium, your ally to manage day to day stress

Lactium, your ally to manage day to day stress

Ingredia | 27-Aug-2020 | Product Presentation

Stress has been called the ‘health epidemic of the 21st century’ by the World Health Organization. Increasingly, consumers are looking for safe, reliable...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars