Foundry Fined after Worker Suffers Serious Burns
A foundry firm has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker suffered severe burns when his clothing caught fire.
At the time of the incident, the worker in question was carrying out a job that involved the use of a paint-like solution and isopropanol. The container filled with the paint-like solution caught fire and the worker’s clothes were set alight. He suffered serious burns during the incident.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that ‘the company failed to provide adequate training, work equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)’.
Sentencing and fines
Batley Foundry Limited, of Warwick Road, Batley, pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9000.
HSE Inspector John Boyle said after the hearing:
“A worker was left with serious injuries as a result of this incident. Had the company taken a number of simple measures prior to the work activity taking place – such as the provision of suitable work equipment, training and personal protective equipment – then it may well have been avoided.”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive