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Air firm denies safety offences

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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The firm which runs Cotswold Airport has been accused of health and safety breaches after its fire chief was killed when a high pressure cylinder exploded.

Steve Mills, 45, who also served as a retained firefighter in his home town of Malmesbury, was killed instantly on April 8, 2011, when he started to move a 5ft canister, one of seven the airport had brought in to use in training exercises.

The high pressure cylinders were known to be dangerous, and had been inspected by Mr Mills and airport manager Nick Howard. Mr Howard told a court in Gloucester that both he and Mr Mills had agreed to get a specialist firm in to move them, but said Mr Mills had decided to do it himself without his knowledge.

One of the canisters was released, and hit him in the head, killing him instantly. Kemble Air Service Ltd denies health and safety breaches.

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