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Roadmarking Company in court over employee’s burns

Redland Road Marking Ltd has been fined after one of its workers suffered burns when a road marking vehicle caught fire and exploded.

What happened?

Neil Higgins had been laying road markings along with his colleagues when the explosion happened, leaving him with multiple burns.

An investigation into the incident found that the pipework for the gas-heated cauldrons on the roof of the vehicle had not been properly connected. Additionally, the equipment had no flame failure devices.

What was the outcome?

Redland Road Marking Ltd was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,123 in costs, after pleading guilty to breaching work equipment regulations.

HSE Principal Inspector, Helena Tinton, said:

“This is not the first time there has been a fire of this nature on a
road marking vehicle and the operators need to ensure that the
equipment has been installed by a competent person and
regularly maintained. It is a matter of good
fortune that nobody died as a result
of this incident.”

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