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    Judge roars at ‘safety dinosaurs’
    Being a dinosaur can sometimes be endearing, but not on matters of health and safety. So said a British judge who blasted a garage manager and owner for their indifference toward safety.

    Judge Richard Hayward then sentenced garage manager Glen Hawkins to nine months' imprisonment after finding him guilty of manslaughter surrounding the death of 18-year-old apprentice mechanic Lewis Murphy. Garage owner Howard Hawkins was fined £10,000 (about $19,100 US or $23,637 CAD).

    What happened?

    Murphy had been helping Glen Hawkins empty a mixture of gasoline and diesel into a waste oil disposal tank when the fuel exploded, engulfing Murphy in flames. He died four days later.

    The explosion occurred after fuel vapors were sucked into a flue pipe outlet from a gas boiler. The outlet was situated next to the storage tank and was switched on at the time.

    "Causing the death of a person in such circumstances must be met with a prison sentence to punish you and send a serious message to people in the workplace that if they are grossly negligent, they face prison," said the judge.

    "To say that you were complacent about health and safety is an understatement," he added.

    The investigation

    Health and safety investigators determined that no formal procedures were in place for transferring and storing highly-flammable liquids or draining fuels from cars.


    Britain's Health and Safety Executive says most of the hazards of fuel removal can be minimized by using a proprietary fuel retriever, providing a suitable container, eliminating static electricity and capturing any fuel vapors that are displaced.

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    For more information on safe disposal of waste fuel, including best management practices, see
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    We had a similar situation here as well. Thus was born Part 4 of the Ontario Fire Code, Flammable and Combustible liquids. Let's hope some new legislation comes out of this.

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