HSE is aware that a multidisciplinary group have published a report (entitled 'The ICL/Stockline Disaster') into the multi-fatal explosion at Maryhill, Glasgow in 2004. HSE will not comment on this report in detail, but rejects the generalities of the accusations against HSE and its staff.
This tragic incident was thoroughly investigated jointly by HSE (including the Health and Safety Laboratory) and Strathclyde Police, reporting to the Procurator Fiscal. This investigation led to the successful prosecution of both companies.
The verdict of court recognised the well-established principle in health and safety law that responsibility for the management of workplace risks rests with those who create the hazards. In this case, that responsibility rested with ICL Tech Ltd, and ICL Plastics Ltd. Both parties entered guilty pleas to charges of breaching provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It is important for lessons to be learned by all users of liquefied petroleum gas (LGP), and we will continue to focus on ensuring that this happens.
The Lord Advocate made clear that there will be an inquiry, in public, into the circumstances and causes of the explosion. HSE will fully co-operate in any such inquiry.
HSE's press release of 28 August 2007, in response to the ICL judgement, can be found by following this link hse.gov.uk/press/2007/gnnsco09107.htm