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Refinery blast: Guilty pleas to health and safety charges

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VALERO ENERGY UK Ltd and B&A Contracts Limited have admitted Health and Safety charges in connection with the refinery explosion in 2011 which killed four people in a packed Haverfordwest courtroom filled with family members of those lost in the blast.

Following the admissions at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court there will now be a sentencing hearing at Swansea Crown Court on November 2 at 10am.

Dennis Riley, 52, Robert Broome, 48, Andrew Jenkins, 33, and Julie Jones, 54, died in June 2011 when a storage tank exploded.

A fifth worker, Andrew Phillips, was severely injured.

At the time of the blast the refinery was operated by Chevron Limited, but ownership changed in August 2011.

B&A Contracts Ltd admitted that from October 2010 to June 2011, at Pembroke Refinery, the company failed to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work of all employees, and a similar charge of, on the same dates, failing to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work on non-employees contrary to Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Valero Energy UK Limited admitted that from February 1999 to June 2011, at Pembroke refinery, the company failed to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work of all employees, and a similar charge of, on the same dates, failing to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work on non-employees contrary to Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after lorry crash

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THE CHAIR of the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats says that he is lucky to be alive after a freak car accident in Burton last week.

Andrew Lye was driving towards the Cleddau Bridge when his car was hit by lorry’s stabiliser which had come loose and was protruding into the road.

The collision, which happened at 2.45pm on Friday (Dec 7), left Mr Lye’s car written off, and he was badly shaken.

Mr Lye was thankfully not injured.

The police are investigating the crash between his Kia Picanto and a DAF LF lorry.

Mr Lye, who is the former Council Leader in the West Wiltshire District Council, told The Herald: “I consider myself to be lucky to get out of the car in one piece.

“I didn’t see the stabiliser bar as the lorry came towards me and the first I knew of the collision was the sound of my car being torn apart and glass and plastic flying over me.

“I am glad that I wear glasses as this protected my eyes.”

The police have been contacted for a comment.

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Pembroke: School to be closed tomorrow due to ‘major leak’

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Closed: Due to a 'major leak' (pic. Martin Cavaney)

A ‘MAJOR LEAK’ has closed Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke this morning (Dec 13).

The electrical system has been affected by the leak and the classrooms are not usable.

The council have said that the school will remain closed on Friday (Dec 14) as well.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke is closing this morning (Thursday, 13th December) at 10.30 am because of a major leak in one of the buildings. This affected the electrical system and rendered classrooms unusable.

“All staff and pupils are safe and transport arrangements are in place.

“Please monitor Pembrokeshire County Council’s social media pages for information as to whether the school will be open tomorrow (Friday, 14th December). A decision will be taken later today.”

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Santa dog parade raises money for Greenacres

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FRIARS VAULTS in Haverfordwest hosted a Santa dog parade to raise money for Greenacres Animal Rescue on the weekend.

The event, which took place on Sunday (Dec 9), included a catwalk for dogs, hunt for treats and a raffle.

The total amount raised on the night was £110 with a further £45.50 collected through the donation box.

The winner of the best-dressed Dog was Deb and Steve Bunston with Pip, in second place was Danielle Boswell with Badger and in third place was Caitlin Davies with Denzal.

Greenacres Animal Rescue said on their Facebook page: “A huge thank you to all at Friars vaults Haverfordwest & Jamie Sid Williams for holding the fabulous fancy dress pooch party yesterday.

“A very welcome £158.50 was raised for Greenacres. Thank you all”

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