Legionnaires protection failures

An international engineering firm, which refurbishes turbine blades, has been fined for failing to manage the risk to public and employees to potentially fatal legionella bacteria.

Chromalloy UK Limited failed to properly manage the risk of bacteria growing in their cooling towers for over a year, from May 2011.

HSE issued four improvement notices in June 2012 and a further two in 2008 on Chromalloy requiring inlet screens to be placed on the cooling towers to stop debris falling in them which could encourage legionella growth, and for corroded items of plant to be replaced.

The court was told a laboratory analysis of a water sample taken from the Somercotes site before the HSE investigation had found legionella bacteria levels to be so high that immediate action was required to clean the system.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Parry said:  “Employers must understand the health risks associated with legionella and take the necessary precautions to control or reduce risks….”

Legionnaires’ is a form of pneumonia which can be fatal. Most people recover fully from Legionnaires disease with antibiotics but in some patients, it can lead to further complications.

If you contract this disease where an individual company or the authorities are found to have been negligent, compensation is something that could be relevant. Claims by individuals depend on how the disease has affected their health and impacted on their quality of life. If by suffering from this disease to the extent they have not been able to work and as a result have lost earnings, they may be able to claim these losses back.

If you have suffered from Legionnaires’ or an industrial disease such as vibration white finger or industrial deafness contact Ringrose Law today and we will discuss the matter with you and assist you through the process. Although under English law you have three years to bring a claim from the date of the incident or the date of knowledge, there are certain circumstances whereby limitation can be waived by applying to the Courts. Our team of solicitors will work with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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