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Company charged with corporate manslaughter over Bosley mill explosion deaths

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A firm has been charged with corporate manslaughter, after four workers died in an explosion in Cheshire.

Derek Moore, 62, Dorothy Bailey, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, and Will Barks, 51, were killed in the incident at a mill in Bosley near Macclesfield on the morning of 17 July 2015.

Wood Treatment Limited, at Wood Flour Mills in Tunstall Road, is facing four charges of corporate manslaughter and one charge under section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Representatives from the company have also been charged.

George Boden, 64, from Stockport, was charged with four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one charge under section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (in relation to the Section 2 charge against the company).

Phillip Smith, 58, from Macclesfield, was charged under section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (in relation to the HSWA Section 2 charge against the company).

Peter Shingler, 56, from Bosley, was charged under section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act (in relation to the HSWA Section 2 charge against the company).

They will appear before Stockport Magistrates′ Court on 2 December 2019.

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