July 12, 2022 | Mark Paradies

Fatality Results in £3M Fine for Carlsberg Brewing


IOSH Magazine Explains HSE Fine

An ammonia refrigerant leak during maintenance at a Carlsberg facility caused a death and a serious injury to two contractors working on a refrigeration system.

IOSH Magazine interviewed HSE Principal Inspector Samantha Wells about the investigation, the incident causes, and the fine.

The main points of the article included:

  • The investigation was a joint investigation with the police.
  • Improper isolation of a pump that was being removed resulted in the release.
  • Carlsberg and the contractor, Crowley Carbon, had a joint responsibility to ensure proper isolation.
  • Crowley Carbon went bankrupt and was dissolved as a result of the incident.

The article quoted Inspector Wells as saying:

From the HSE’s point of view, it’s important that duty holders understand that in the case of an incident, the HSE will look to everybody with legal duties to determine if they have failed, and we will hold to account all those who do not comply with their legal duties. We will take action against all those who fail who ensure the safety of employees and others who may be exposed to danger.

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