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Updates on Serious Safety Incident at Northampton Brewery

Updates on serious safety incident at Northampton brewery

22 November 2016

3pm

UPDATED STATEMENT FROM CARLSBERG UK

Incident overview

  • On 9 November at 12:31pm, there was a serious safety incident within our brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton, concerning an ammonia gas release.
  • We are deeply saddened to confirm that there was one fatality as a result of the incident. Police have confirmed the deceased as David Chandler, who was aged 45, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire.  David was engaged on site as a contractor at the time of the tragic incident. A post mortem examination was carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the cause of death was given as inhalation of ammonia. The thoughts of everyone at Carlsberg UK are with David’s family, friends, employer and colleagues at this very difficult time.
  • The Police have also confirmed that one individual who was in critical condition is improving and remains in hospital.
  • A further ten individuals working on site, and a further 11 members of the emergency services, were also taken to hospital and subsequently released.

Production status

  • The wider investigation of the incident by the authorities remains ongoing, and they have our full support and cooperation.
  • The initial on-site enquiry work has been concluded and our production teams have been able to return back on site. As such, we have made good progress with the implementation of our phased and controlled site recovery plan. The packaging of beer on site resumed over the weekend and we anticipate that some brewing will re-commence tomorrow. Although we are not yet at our optimum level, we are progressing in line with our recovery plan.
    During this period, when we will not be at our optimum production levels, we will continue to source some beer from other Carlsberg breweries for UK market. 

Julian Momen, chief executive officer, Carlsberg UK, said:

“Many people, outside and inside our business, have been profoundly affected by the recent incident at our brewery and we will continue to support them as best we can over the coming weeks and months. Our thoughts in particular remain with the family and friends of those directly impacted.

“We continue to help our colleagues and our top priority remains the importance of safety for all our staff, across all our sites. The investigation into what happened is being led by the authorities and has our full cooperation.

“The initial on-site enquiry work has now been concluded, meaning we have been able to make good progress against our site recovery plan, and our production teams have been able to return back on site. Subsequently, we have been packaging beer on site since the weekend and we anticipate that some brewing will re-commence tomorrow. During this period, when we will not be at our optimum production levels, we will continue to source some beer from other Carlsberg breweries for the UK market.

“This has been a very difficult time for everyone concerned, and I speak on behalf of everyone working at Carlsberg UK, when I say that we truly appreciate all of the support we have received from the industry, our customers and the local community.”


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17 November 2016

5pm

UPDATED STATEMENT FROM CARLSBERG UK

Latest update:

  • On 9 November at 12:31pm, there was a serious safety incident within our brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton, concerning an ammonia gas release.
  • We are deeply saddened to confirm that there was one fatality as a result of the incident.
  • Police have today (17 November) confirmed the deceased as David Chandler, who was aged 45, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire. 
  • A post mortem examination was carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the cause of death was given as inhalation of ammonia.
  • David was engaged on site as a contractor at the time of the tragic incident.
  • Our thoughts are with David’s family, friends, employer and colleagues at this very difficult time.
  • Police have also confirmed that one individual who was working on site at the time of the incident and was in critical condition, is improving and remains in hospital.
  • There is currently an ongoing investigation on site, being led by the authorities.

Julian Momen, chief executive at Carlsberg UK, said:

“We remain deeply saddened by the tragic incident that took place at our brewery last week. Today our sympathies and thoughts are with David Chandler’s family, friends, employer and colleagues at what is a very difficult time.”

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14 November 2016

3pm

UPDATED STATEMENT FROM CARLSBERG UK

Incident update

  • On 9 November at 12:31pm, there was a serious safety incident within our brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton, concerning an ammonia gas release
  • At the time of the incident, the Police stated that the ammonia gas leak was confined to the Carlsberg UK site and the emergency services stated there was no wider risk to members of the public outside of the site

People update

  • We are deeply saddened to confirm that there was one fatality as a result of the incident. Our thoughts are with the individual’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time
    The Police have confirmed to us that one individual working on site remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital
    A further ten individuals working on site, and a further 11 members of the emergency services, were also taken to hospital and subsequently released
    Production update
  • There is currently an ongoing investigation on site, being led by the authorities
  • Production on site has been temporarily stopped, and has been since the time of the incident
  • The specific location of the incident within the brewery will remain under the control of the authorities until the investigation is concluded. Control of the wider brewery site has now been passed back to Carlsberg UK by the authorities
  • A site recovery plan is in place and will be put into action in a phased and controlled manner where we are able to do so
  • Plans are also in place and have been activated to source beer from within the wider Carlsberg Group for the UK market
  • We can confirm that this was a site health and safety issue, not a food hygiene issue

Julian Momen, chief executive officer, Carlsberg UK, said:

“It’s only a matter of days since we were all affected by the tragic incident at our brewery. Our thoughts remain with the families of all of those impacted. We are continuing to offer everyone concerned with the support they may require. We are now focusing on assisting the authorities with their investigation so that we can understand what happened. We have also put in place the necessary plans to re-start aspects of production on the site, but we will only do this at the appropriate time and in a controlled manner. We will continue to provide further updates as matters progress.”

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​11th November 2016

2pm

LATEST CONFIRMATION OF DETAILS

  • On 9 November at 12:31pm, there was a serious safety incident within our brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton, concerning an ammonia gas release
  • We are deeply saddened to confirm that there has been one fatality as a result of the incident
  • The Police have confirmed 11 individuals working on site and a further 11 members of the emergency services were taken to hospital
  • The Police have also confirmed that one of the 11 individuals working on site remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital
  • All other individuals have been released from hospital
  • The Police have also stated that the ammonia gas leak is confined to the Carlsberg UK site and the emergency services do not believe there to be any wider risk to members of the public outside of the site
  • Production at the brewery has been stopped whilst the investigation is ongoing
  • Carlsberg UK can confirm that this is a site health and safety issue, not a food hygiene issue
  • Whilst there remains an ongoing investigation into the incident we will not be in a position to provide further comment


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10th November 2016

9am

UPDATED STATEMENT FROM CARLSBERG UK

  • Yesterday (9 November at 12:31pm) there was a serious safety incident within our brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton, concerning a gas release
  • We are deeply saddened to confirm that there has been one fatality as a result of the incident
  • In addition, Police have confirmed 11 individuals working on site and a further 11 members of the emergency services were taken to hospital
  • The latest information from Police is that one of the 11 individuals working on site remains in a serious but stable condition. All other individuals were released from hospital yesterday.
  • Police have also confirmed the gas leak is confined to the Carlsberg UK site and the emergency services do not believe there to be any wider risk to members of the public outside of the site
  • Production at the brewery has been stopped whilst the investigation takes place
  • Whilst there remains an ongoing investigation into the incident we will not be in a position to provide further comment

​Julian Momen, chief executive officer, Carlsberg UK, said:

“We are deeply, deeply saddened by this tragic incident and subsequent fatality. Our immediate thoughts are with the individual’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time and we will support them in every way we can. Our further thoughts and support are with our colleagues and members of the emergency services who are being treated in hospital. One of our colleagues remains in a serious but stable condition. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us.  We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how this incident occurred and we will be in a position to say more once a full investigation has been concluded.”

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9th November 2016

8.30pm

UPDATED STATEMENT FROM CARLSBERG UK

  • Earlier today there was a serious safety incident within our brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton, concerning a gas release
  • We are deeply saddened to confirm that there has been one fatality as a result of the incident
  • In addition, Police have confirmed 11 individuals working on site and a further 11 members of the emergency services were taken to hospital
  • One of the 11 individuals working on site remains in a serious but stable condition
  • Police have also confirmed the gas leak is confined to the Carlsberg UK site and the emergency services do not believe there to be any wider risk to members of the public outside of the site
  • Whilst there remains an ongoing investigation into the incident we will not be in a position provide further comment

Julian Momen, chief executive officer, Carlsberg UK, said:

“We are deeply, deeply saddened by today’s tragic incident and subsequent fatality. Our immediate thoughts are with the individual’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time and we will support them in every way we can. Our further thoughts and support are with our colleagues and members of the emergency services who are being treated in hospital. One of our colleagues remains in a serious but stable condition. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us.  We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how this tragic incident occurred and we will be in a position to say more once a full investigation has been concluded.”​

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9th November 2016

2.30pm

STATEMENT FROM CARLSBERG UK

Earlier today there was a safety incident within the Carlsberg UK brewery on Bridge Street, Northampton. At this stage the emergency services are on site and are managing the situation.

We will provide further updates as soon as we are in position to do so.

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