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Sterecycle to re-open Rotherham waste facility "soon", following explosion which killed worker

Sterecycle will soon recommence waste treatment operations at its autoclave facility in Rotherham following an internal investigation into the explosion onsite which killed an employee and seriously injured another.

When the facility reopens, it will use just one out of the two autoclave vessels which are used to steam process waste. The explosion on 11 January damaged one of these vessels, which is currently being repaired and will eventually be brought back into action.

Specialist in process safety ABB Engineering was appointed by Sterecycle to lead the investigation. It will now implement ABB’s recommendations and will comply with all Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stipulations before re-starting operations.

Sterecycle chief executive Tom Shields said: “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.”

Sterecycle said it is unable to make any further comment on the incident, which is still being investigated by the police and the HSE.

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