A company responsible for the manufacture of vehicle seats has been fined following an incident in which a worker was injured.
In January 2015, an operator at Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) was injured when a highly flammable release agent, used to stop dispensed foam sticking to the seat mould, ignited. There was an explosion and the worker suffered burns to his hands and head.
Following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that the explosion occurred as no suitable control measures were in place at the time.
After pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 5,6, and 9 of Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited, of Rassau Industrial Estate, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, were fined 40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,010.
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Source: Health & Safety Executive