Friday, 30 March 2012

Explosion at pharmaceutical company in Edinburgh

From STV News

Crews tackle explosion at pharmaceutical company in Edinburgh

26 Mar 2012

Fire crews have tackled a blaze sparked by an explosion at a pharmaceutical company in Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service were called to painkiller manufacturer MacFarlan Smith at 12.14am on Sunday (March 25th).

A small explosion, believed to have been caused by blocked pipework, led to the fire on the second floor of the building.

"Site teams were wearing chemical protective suits to extinguish the flames and assess the extent of the damage," a spokeswoman for the fire service told STV.

"There were no casualties as a result of this incident but damage was caused to pipelines in the factory."

A 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be conducted on all commercial properties in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

If this fire risk assessment is judged to have not been carried out to a suitable extent, the Duty Holder for the establishment can face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine.

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