HSE to investigate truck spillage fire
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• The Health and Safety Executive in Yorkshire has begun an investigation into a truck fire and chemical spillage at the A1/M62 Ferrybridge junction last Friday.
The HSE is trying to establish whether the truck, a curtainsider operated by Gateshead haulier Van Hee Transport, was complying with the packaged goods regulations appropriate for the chemicals being carried, HSE inspector Keith King told Commercial Motor.
Van Hee Transport is refusing to comment on the incident "until we are in possession of the full facts," says transport manager Peter Connor.
The truck was carrying kathon, paraloid and primal for Croydon-based chemicals manu facturer Rom and Haas, which is also carrying out its own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident, says managing director Mike Fitzpatrick.
Initial reports from the West Yorkshire fire brigade suggest an overheating brake drum was to blame for the fire. Nine people were taken to hospital after complaining of sore throats.
Chemsafe officers from ICI in Huddersfield and officials from the National Rivers Authority also attended the accident scene. We were there to help identify the chemicals and make sure they were repacked in sound containers," says Peter Stroyan, ICI's safety and environment officer.