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Timeline: Stockline factory blast

A timeline of events following the explosion at the Stockline plastics factory in Glasgow.

INQUIRY BEGINS: 2 JULY 2008

The public inquiry into the Stockline factory blast which killed nine people gets under way in Glasgow.

Oral evidence will be taken, but many witnesses will give written statements, which will be on the inquiry website.

VENUE UNVEILED: 26 JUNE 2008

Victims' families and survivors of the Stockline factory explosion have been shown the venue of the public inquiry.

Maryhill Community Centre, in the north west of Glasgow, is close to the site of the factory, which was operated by ICL Plastics Ltd.

DETAILS REVEALED: 5 DECEMBER 2007

The details of a joint public inquiry into the Stockline factory blast in Glasgow have been announced by the Scottish and UK governments.

It will look into the circumstances leading up to the blast in 2004, consider health and safety issues and make recommendations.

INQUIRY MOVES: 27 SEPTEMBER 2007

BBC Scotland learns that a public inquiry will be held into the Stockline factory explosion in Glasgow.

The Crown Office confirmed a "common appreciation of the way forward" had been reached.

INQUIRY SUPPORT: 6 SEPTEMBER 2007

First Minister Alex Salmond says there is widespread support for the "fullest possible" public inquiry into the Stockline factory blast.

The inquiry call, from Glasgow Maryhill Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson, was echoed by the victims' families, who earlier branded the sentence an "insult".

FINE IMPOSED: 28 AUGUST 2007

The operators of a factory in Maryhill which exploded killing nine people have been fined 400,000 for health and safety breaches.

The penalty was imposed on ICL Plastics and ICL Tech following a two-day hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

HOLIDAY JOB: 27 AUGUST 2007

Risk assessments on buried gas pipes at a Glasgow factory where nine people died in an explosion were carried out by a student on a holiday job. The High Court in Glasgow also heard that it would have cost just 405 to replace the pipes which corroded and caused the blast.

SAFETY ERRORS: 17 AUGUST 2007

The operators the Stockline plastics factory where nine people died in an explosion in May 2004 plead guilty to four safety breaches.

ICL Tech Limited and ICL Plastics Limited admitted four charges at the High Court in Glasgow.

EXACT CAUSE: 17 JULY 2007

The exact cause of the explosion which killed nine workers at the Stockline plastic factory in Glasgow was revealed for the first time.

A hearing at the High Court in Glasgow was told that the blast happened after petroleum gas ignited in a pipe which had been corroding over the years.

MEMORIAL GARDEN: 11 MAY 2007

A memorial garden for the nine victims of the Stockline factory disaster was unveiled in Glasgow.

ICL Plastics Ltd, which owned Stockline, said it wanted to provide a place near where the factory stood for families, friends, fellow workers and others to visit.

DATE SET: 13 MARCH 2007

A date for the trial arising from the Stockline explosion was set for August.

It was estimated that the trial would last more than three months, but following discussions with lawyers it was said to be more likely to take about a fortnight.

Two companies - ICL Tech Ltd and ICL Plastics Ltd - had already been charged in connection with the blast.

FIREFIGHTERS HONOURED: 15 FEBRUARY 2006

The efforts of firefighters who dealt with the Stockline Plastics factory explosion in Glasgow were recognised by the Queen.

Three members of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue attended an event to honour people involved in emergencies.

COMMONS MOTION: 18 OCTOBER 2005

A Commons motion demanding a public inquiry into the Stockline Plastics factory explosion in Glasgow was signed by 68 MPs.

They joined families, trades unions and academics in the call for an inquiry.

It came while the Crown Office still considered a report into the blast, which resulted in a 72-hour search for survivors.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY: 11 MAY 2005

The first anniversary of the explosion at a Glasgow plastics factory which killed nine people was marked by a memorial service.

Relatives of the dead, survivors and emergency services attended a service in a Catholic church near the site of the ICL/Stockline plant in Maryhill.

Nine candles were lit, symbolising those who died in the explosion.

REPORT CONCLUDED: 10 MAY 2005

A report into the explosion at a Glasgow plastics factory in which nine people were killed was handed to the Crown Office.

The report was carried out by police and the Health and Safety Executive. It is said to be "substantial" and included "complex technical analysis".

Crown counsel said it would take "some time" to consider.

SITE GIVEN BACK: 23 JULY 2004

Ten weeks after the Stockline plastics explosion in Glasgow, the investigating authorities returned the site to the company.

Tonnes of debris had been removed from the site for detailed examination.

Local MSP Patricia Ferguson criticised the firm for failing to keep the workforce informed about the future.

FINAL WAGES: 30 JUNE 2004

Workers who survived last month's plastics factory explosion in the Maryhill area of Glasgow were expected to receive their final wages.

The news coincided with a memorial service for those killed when the factory building collapsed.

Surviving workers admitted to being worried and confused about their situation following the factory's destruction.

JOINT INQUIRY: 19 MAY 2004

Details of how the investigation into the Stockline Plastics factory blast will be conducted were released.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Strathclyde Police said a joint inquiry would be carried out with the Health and Safety Executive.

Police and the HSE confirmed they would report their findings to the fiscal, while the HSE would also report to the Health and Safety Commission.

FUNERALS HELD: 17 MAY 2004

The first of nine funerals for victims of the Glasgow factory explosion took place.

Thomas McAulay, 41, was killed when the factory where he worked as a storeman collapsed.

His family paid tribute to the emergency services who had attended the Maryhill tragedy.

EIGHTH DEATH: 13 MAY 2004

An eighth body was recovered from the site of the factory destroyed by an explosion. Rescue chiefs said the search would continue for as long as necessary for the remaining missing man following the blast at Stockline Plastics.

Strathclyde Firemaster Brian Sweeney insisted it was still possible he could be found alive.

The eighth body was found after sections of the roof had been lifted off the building.

TWO MISSING: 12 MAY 2004

Rescuers continued to search for two men in the rubble of the Stockline Plastics factory in Glasgow. Police and fire chiefs were optimistic that they would be found alive after the explosion which claimed seven lives.

Those who died were named as: Ann Trench, 34; Margaret Brownlie, 49; Tracy McErlane, 27; Peter Ferguson, 52; Annette Doyle, 24; Thomas McAulay, 41; and company director Stewart McColl, 60.

Specialised heavy lifting gear was brought in to stabilise the structure.

Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his sympathies for those affected by the blast and Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell visited the site.

COMPANY STATEMENT: 12 MAY 2004

The companies in charge of the factory at the centre of a fatal explosion in Glasgow, ICL Plastics and Stockline Plastics, released an official statement.

In it, the firm expressed condolences to the families of staff whose lives were taken in the "tragic event".

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE: 11 MAY 2004

International Rescue's Scottish volunteers, who usually answer calls to help in the aftermath of earthquakes and disasters across the globe, were required far closer to home.

Their specialised service was requested after the blast demolished a Glasgow plastics factory.

Team member Willie McMartin said the scene they encountered resembled the aftermath of an earthquake.

AN 'EARTHQUAKE': 11 MAY 2004

The scene following a major explosion in Glasgow was compared to an earthquake by firefighters battling to free those trapped beneath the rubble.

Only a corner of the four-storey Stockline Plastics factory building remained standing, with the rest an unrecognisable pile of bricks, wood and dust following the incident.

MASSIVE EXPLOSION: 11 MAY 2004

Staff caught up in a massive explosion at a Glasgow plastics factory described the chaos as the building collapsed.

The explosion demolished much of the Stockline Plastics building in Grovepark Street, west of the city centre.

About 100 people were thought to have been working in the factory and survivors described how they crawled out from the debris after the blast.





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