Drax power station faces court over employee health risk accusations

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Energy company Drax, which burns biomass to generate electricity, is reportedly facing a criminal prosecution following concerns that dust from its wood pellets has allegedly risked employees’ health.

Sky News has today said that North Yorkshire-based Drax is being taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on two offences.

The power company is accused of exposing employees to wood dust at its Selby plant, risking their “health, safety and welfare at work”.

It is also charged with breaching risk assessment obligations before allowing employees to work with potentially “hazardous substances”.

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