Two companies summoned over A26 chemical spillage
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Two companies have been summoned to court in connection with a chemical spill on the A26 near Uckfield.
A section of the road was closed for several hours after a quantity of sulphuric acid leaked from a punctured container being transported by a lorry, onto the carriageway and into the drains and river.
The incident occurred on the morning of 31 March 2020.
Police assisted with the road closure while the scene was made safe by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and the Environment Agency.
Investigations have subsequently led to the company which owns the vehicle and the company the driver worked for being summoned to court.
Forest Freight Ltd is accused of failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees in that the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of its employees.
Industrial Chemical Group is accused of failing to conduct its undertaking in such a way to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that persons not in its employment who may have been affected thereby, were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
The case will be heard before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 21 October.