A Newport company has been fined £75,000 for failing to prevent the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in two cooling towers for five years.

Coilcolor Ltd, of Whitehead Estate, Docks Way, was accused of serious failures of health and safety laws and putting at risk the lives of employees and members of the public, including patients and staff at the nearby Royal Gwent Hospital.

The company was fined £30,000 for the risk to staff and £45,000 for the risk to the public, as well as being ordered to pay costs of £28,393.50 and a victim surcharge of £120, with the bill to be paid within six months.

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