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Urbaser Balfour Beatty rebuts MBT plant safety claims

Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) has rejected claims made in a local paper that its waste plant in Basildon is unsafe.

An unnamed electrician was reported by the town’s Evening Echo newspaper as saying that the Tovi Eco Park mechanical biological treatment plant exposed workers to troubling levels of ammonia, that training was inadequate and that his contract was cancelled when he complained of breathing difficulties.

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed to MRW: “We are investigating a number of concerns that have been raised. Our enquiries are ongoing.”

A spokesperson for UBB said: “The health and safety of our workforce and the public is always our primary concern.

“The facility fully complies and operates in line with all UK regulations. In addition, all staff undergo rigorous training to ensure that all work across the facility is carried out safely.

”The allegations put to us regarding health and safety have no basis in fact.”

The plant was built in 2014 for waste from Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council with an eventual target daily input of some 1,300 tonnes of material.

MRW reported in December an unrelated legal dispute between Essex and UBB concerning the plant.


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