Carpet maker and inspection firm fined for explosion

Telford Magistrates fined Brintons Carpets, of Kidderminster, and Allianz Engineering Inspection Services, after a carpet colouring machine blew up. No-one was injured as a result of the pressure vessel’s failure, but the roof of the factory was damaged and the consequences could have been far more serious.

It transpired that Brintons had contracted Allianz to carry out annual examinations under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 but this item of plant had been missed for three successive years. To make matters worse, Brintons had not arranged for routine servicing and maintenance of the vessel, and the cause of the incident was found to be failure of the regulator and its pressure relief valve. Brintons were ordered to pay fines and costs of £11,164 and the engineering inspection company incurred penalties of £14,111.

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