Waste treatment plant to reopen after death blast

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bosses at a waste treatment firm yesterday announced that they are to reopen a Yorkshire plant where one man died and another was seriously injured in a mystery blast.

Michael Whinfrey, 42, from Wickersley in Rotherham, died in the explosion at Sterecycle in Templeborough, Rotherham, on January 11. His friend and colleague Peter Lindon Davis, 51, from Hoyland Common in Barnsley, was badly hurt.

Sterecycle said waste treatment operations at the plant were due to start imminently following the completion of an internal investigation into the cause of an incident.

The firm said it had appointed a specialist in safety, ABB Engineering, to lead its internal investigation. It said will implement ABB’s recommendations and comply with all Health and Safety Executive stipulations before waste treatment recommences.

Chief executive Tom Shields said that before the incident two “autoclave vessels” were used at the plant to steam process waste. Sterecycle will initially recommence using the undamaged autoclave. The damaged autoclave will be brought back into action following its repair.

Mr Shields added: “The past several weeks have obviously been a very sad time for everyone.

“We’re looking forward to getting the plant safely back in action so we can continue with our expansion plans and continue to provide our customers with the good service they expect.”