Motherwell Control Systems 2003, of Liverpool, was convicted at St Albans Crown Court following the explosion in Hertfordshire in December 2005 which injured 43 people and caused wide-spread damage to property.

The company was found guilty of failing to ensure employees were not exposed to risks at the fuel depot in Hertfordshire.

However, the firm had already gone into voluntary liquidation in May 2008 owing many hundreds of thousands of pounds to creditors.

The jury continues to deliberate on a verdict on charges faced by TAV engineering of Guildford in relation to the blast.

Luke Walsh

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