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HP Automation Safety: Are you the designated jailee?

In a popular European industry newsletter, I spotted an unsettling story—"Criminal proceedings have been commenced against Total UK Ltd., Hertfordshire Oil Storage Ltd., British Pipeline Agency L..

Goble, W., exida LLC

In a popular European industry newsletter, I spotted an unsettling story—"Criminal proceedings have been commenced against Total UK Ltd., Hertfordshire Oil Storage Ltd., British Pipeline Agency Ltd., TAV Engineering Ltd. and Motherwell Control Systems 2003 Ltd., following a thorough and complex criminal investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency."1 I am certainly not a lawyer. And the case history stories of which I am aware relate primarily to the US, not the United Kingdom. But this does not sound good. Many questions come to mind. Does anyone go to jail? Who is responsible? Is the company's CEO responsible for such incidents? Are all of th

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