Factory at centre of Legionnaires’ probe gets all-clear from health and safety bosses

Safety notices have now been lifted at Faltec Europe, in Boldon.

Safety notices have now been lifted at Faltec Europe, in Boldon.

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A South Tyneside factory which has been the subject of a safety probe after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak has been given the all-clear.

Faltec Europe, in Boldon Colliery, was ordered to shut down four cooling towers by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after significant levels of the potentially-lethal bacteria were discovered on site.

The company satisfied the requirements of both the Improvement Notice and the Prohibition Notice.

HSE spokesman

Four workers at the factory in Boldon Business Park, as well as a resident whose home overlooks the premises, required hospital treatment after contracting the disease between last October and May.

The HSE served Improvement and Prohibition Notices on Faltec on June 5 but both have now been lifted after the company put in place ‘significant’ safety improvement measures.

A HSE spokesman said: “The company satisfied the requirements of both the Improvement Notice and the Prohibition Notice by putting in place significant engineering and water management improvements.

“However, we are still closely monitoring the site to ensure continued compliance.” A Faltec spokesman said: “We can confirm that the prohibition notice served by the HSE was removed in full on August 27 following extensive improvement work to our water systems.

“Our cooling towers are now fully operational. We have undertaken all recommendations made by the HSE, while continuing on a ‘business as usual’ basis.

“Furthermore, we have replaced our previous water management systems with new technology and monitoring procedures to further protect the welfare of both our workforce and the local community.”