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December 11, 2008

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HSE Welcomes Final Buncefield Report

The HSE has praised the work of the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board (MIIB) after the taskforce announced that it has concluded its investigation.

The Board published its final report today, which coincides with the third anniversary of the incident. The report is the first document that amalgamates all 78 of the board’s recommendations into one publication. It is also the first report on the incident that gives details about the economic impact of the explosion.

HSE chair, Judith Hackitt, said: “The work of the MIIB has already had a major impact on the way safety and environmental risks are controlled at similar sites, and in ensuring improved resilience.

“Producing interim reports has enabled early action to be taken, but the continuation of learning and applying the lessons from Buncefield and other similar incidents will remain a high priority for HSE and the Competent Authority for the foreseeable future.”

MIIB chair Lord Newton believes that the report will prove to be an “invaluable reference document” for the incident. He said: “This final report captures all of our most important work over nearly three years in a single publication for the public record. It provides an authoritaive summary of the incident and the Board’s role of work€

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