14 Apr 2012

$10,000 penalty for unsafe chemical storage

10:02 am on 14 April 2012

An Auckland company that stored explosive chemicals unsafely has been fined $10,000 by Auckland District Court for breaching health and safety regulations.

Chemrecovery Industries, based in Onehunga, did not have the right certification or storage techniques required by the Department of Labour for storing sodium when inspectors visited in 2010.

The chemical was stored in two 30kg containers. The department says sodium can be explosive and corrosive when stored in amounts larger than 100 grams and mixed with water.

It says the company ignored its orders to change its storage procedures and was convicted and fined on Friday.