UNIVERSITY AND NHS FINED FOR DEATH

Imperial College London has been fined £70,000, and an NHS Trust £80,000 for health and safety breaches after a 32 year old scientist died in a laboratory in a building the university shared with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Damian Bowen was working alone in the laboratory in 2011, using liquid nitrogen to test blood samples for HIV and was unaware that the ventilation system had been switched off. Escaping nitrogen displaced the oxygen in the air and he suffocated…

The university and the hospital both pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching a general duty to an employee and were both ordered to pay costs of £23,000.

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