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Company management in UK charged in 2015 dust explosion at wood products mill

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A company director and the firm he works for has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter in the July 2015 explosion at a flour mill that killed four people.

George Boden, the director of Wood Treatment Ltd, and two other managers were also charged with health and safety offenses, a Crown Prosecution Service press release states.

“Following explosions at a wood flour mill in Bosley on Friday 17 July 2015, which led to the death of four people and injuries to a number of other, the Crown Prosecution Service has authorized charges,” Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said.

The defendants are due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on 2 December 2019.

Intense flames following the dust explosion prevented the recovery of bodies from the wreckage for several days.

“These decisions were made following a careful review of all the evidence presented to us by Cheshire Police as a result of their lengthy and complex joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive,” Hopkins said.

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