Rum Factory Trial

MOT Rum Factory OnLThe trial over the fire at the Montero rum distilery in Motril will be held on the 15th of March, with two ex-employees facing charges of manslaughter.

The ex-administrator and the employee in charge of workplace-risk prevention are both facing three years, four months imprisonment for manslaughter through negligence, as well as bodily harm through negligence.

The fire occurred on the 2nd of July 2014 after a deflagration spread from an alcohol tank capable of containing 30,000 litres. The resulting fire took several hours for the fire service to put out as they had to wait until the alcohol had been consumed by the fire, otherwise the fire would have re-ignited.

Three workers were seriously injured in the fire and treated at a hospital specialised in burns in Sevilla. However, 45-year-old M.G.R. died from his injuries. The other two spent a long time in hospital recovering from their burns.

Both accused will be barred from working in their respective professions for 3.5 years, if found guilty. They will also have to pay compensation: 500,000 to one victim and 600,000 euros to the other.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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