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HPM August 2013

Three south east firms have been ordered to pay a total of £685,788 in fines and costs for serious safety breaches after a plumber died and six workers were seriously injured by a barrage of flying gas cylinders. Adam Johnston, 38, from Sutton, Surrey, was struck by one of 66 heavy cylinders as they rocketed at speeds of up to 170 mph - after one toppled over, discharged high-pressure gas, collided with others and set off a ‘frightening chain reaction’. Mr Johnston, who was working on a construction project in Hertfordshire, was struck by one of the argonite gas cylinders as they were propelled around the building. He suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene. A Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident, on November 5, 2008, found that Mr Johnston died as a result of a series of unsafe practices relating to the installation of fire suppression equipment at the new-build storage facility. Crown House Technologies was principal contractor for the project and engaged Kidde Fire Protection Services to supply and install fire suppression equipment at the new facility. Kidde Products carried out this work. St Albans Crown Court heard that 80 cylinders, nearly two metres high and each weighing 142 kg, were stored without their protection caps and left without being properly secured in racks. One or more of the cylinders fell over, causing its unprotected valve to shear off near the cylinder neck. This released an uncontrolled jet of liquefied argonite gas under high pressure the force of which caused the cylinder to move, colliding with others. A chain reaction developed until 66 of the 80 cylinders had been discharged. Mr Johnston, who was employed by Crown House Technologies, was struck by one of the cylinders. Six other workers were injured. The building itself was severely damaged. Crown House Technologies pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breaching Section 2 and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 was fined £117,000 and ordered to pay costs of £120,000. Kidde Fire Protection Services pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 6 and 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £165,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £59,700. Kidde Products, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £165,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £59,700. FROM THE EDITOR So just shy of four years to the day the Labour government announced its intention to introduce the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has finally confirmed the new tariff levels for the scheme. They are 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps, 18p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal. The industry has welcomed the strong tariffs, believing they offer a tangible incentive for householders who will get a solid return on investment for reducing their carbon output. In the past many people who had been considering renewable energy were sticking with traditional heating solutions, such as oil and LPG, due to the uncertainty of government incentive schemes - this should now change. Industry will be delighted that so much of the hard work it conducted has been integrated into the final proposals. Everyone appears to win. The RHI will begin in spring 2014 but all installations from July 2009 will be eligible, subject to meeting the necessary criteria. This means that anyone installing now can receive Renewable Heat Premium Payment funding to help with upfront costs and still be eligible for RHI. The rates set by DECC are extremely positive, meaning there is a real opportunity for homeowners and private landlords to capitalise; for example, a typical heat pump installation could start paying back within just five years. And, crucially, the RHI is open to both private householders and social landlords. This means that for the first time, social housing providers can receive funding for renewable heating technologies and enable tenants to cut their fuel bills. The Micropower Council believes the new subsidy will “transform the future of renewable heat in this country” - as long as it is promoted properly who can argue against that. Tim Wood, Editor HPM twood@unity-media.com Three firms punished following plumber death NEWSDESK Got a story? 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