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Company fined over Legionella bug risk.

A RECYCLING company has been fined for failing to prevent workers and the public being exposed to the potentially fatal Legionella bacteria.

The premises of Merthyr Industrial Services (Biomass) Limited were investigated during the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Heads of the Valleys in September 2010.

Health and Safety Executive officials found the firm, based at Penygarnddu Industrial Estate, had not taken appropriate measures to ensure there was no risk of its cooling tower spreading the bacteria.

Magistrates in Merthyr Tydfil ordered the firm to pay a fine of pounds 600 and costs of pounds 8,577, and also banned it from using the cooling tower until safety controls were introduced.

The cooling tower was not found to be a source of the outbreak.

HSE inspector Stuart Charles said: "Operating a cooling tower, even for short periods, without the proper controls in place can present a significant risk."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 1, 2011
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