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Report - Hickson Welch Chemicals Castleford March 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by SparkUK, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. SparkUK

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    So a sunny Spring day saw me meet up with Mendo and Sal in 'That Yorkshire,' we have tried to avoid this county if at all possible due to harsh memories of previous forays across the border, most of these incidents have been based around local inbred hicks being unable to perform one of the following actions.... think, speak, drive, cook or see where they're going.... sometimes it's been a combination of a few of these. Anyway, beack to the sunny Spring morning, we met up earlier than is decent to be up and about on a Saturday, exchanged a few pleasantries, introduced Mendo to the delights of beef jerky then ditched the cars and headed off to our target for the day...... Hicksons Welch Chemicals... Well what a little gem this place is, it's pretty much got everything ranging from palisade, barbed wire, surrounded by water on three sides, partially demolished buildings, a phosgene processing plant (seriously.. google it) huge distillation towers, see through catwalks, creaky see through catwalks, rotten 'crispy' see through catwalks, control rooms, laboratories..... I could go on but I'll regail you with some history and pictures instead.

    This is what they say about themselves...

    There was an accident here hence this HSE report....



    This does not seem to have been the safest place to work, in fact as much as it's quite pretty I think I'm move away from there if I lived there. It's shut now and being demolished but they still seem to have the same happy go lucky modus operandi that has blown the place up in the past. There are bottles of chemicals in partially demolished research buildings simply marked as 'unknown' with referrence to their contents, things like this hardly fill you with confidence.

    Anyway this was a top day and I think I'll be going back but it's a big site and there's lots of up and down ladders so it kinda wears you out.

    Ok, on with some pictures....


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