Tesco Stores Limited has pleaded guilty to a major pollution incident, and been fined £8 million plus costs, after a petrol leak at one of their filling stations in Haslingden, Lancashire.
The leak came from a filling tank at the Tesco petrol station, which was allowed to continue for more than 24 hours. As a result, local residents who were affected sought medical help.
Some of the petrol found its way into local rivers, causing environmental damage and killing fish, and local residents were also affected by the leak, with the fumes remaining in homes for a number of days.
Tesco Stores issued a statement to apologise, and stated that since the incident, they have inspected petrol stations, introduced a new real-time monitoring system and made other improvements to prevent similar events.
Also in this edition of Riskex News Review, we report on the recent ban on beards by maintenance company, Mears, and a group of hospital cleaners are granted compensation after suffering adverse health issues from using disinfectant without the correct training and equipment.