The anniversary of Flixborough shows how lucky we are to have the Health and Safety at Work Act, says Mike Penning, minister of state for disabled people and MP for Hemel Hempstead.

Health and safety regulations save lives, says safety minister Mike Penning, but bogus excuses give it a bad name. And he’s determined to stamp them out.

In June 1974 a massive explosion ripped through the Nypro (UK) Ltd plant at Flixborough, near Scunthorpe. 28 people tragically lost their lives in the disaster and 36 others suffered serious injuries when the dangerous gas cyclohexane escaped from the site. It shocked the nation and led to an act of parliament being passed that would do more to protect our daily lives than any other.

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