There are hundreds of accidents at work in the UK each year caused by boilers, often due to faulty low-water cut-offs or other safety devices because of poor maintenance.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a malfunctioning boiler which has caused an accident in the workplace then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim for compensation.
Any workplace supervisor should make sure that the relevant manuals are present in the boiler room so that staff who need to operate the machinery understand the workings of the boiler.
Verification of safety prior to start-up
Before starting the boiler, the engineer should check that ventilation openings are clear, the water level is correct, there are no foreign objects in the furnace and that manual fuel valves are open.
Following these checks follow the manufacturers procedures for normal start-up precisely and with attention to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Maintaining your boiler
To be sure that safety mechanisms are intact and working properly in your boiler it is important to have them checked regularly.
Safety valves relieve all the pressure that can build up in the boiler and if they are malfunctioning it can lead to dangerous accidents. This is the most important part of the boiler as far as preventing accidents but can become ineffective due to corrosion or blockages.
Low water fuel cut-offs and water level controls are often combined into one mechanism but a safer set-up sees individual controls for each. The purpose is to keep water levels in the boiler above a set amount and if they fall below that level then they shut down the boiler. Removing any blockages such as sludge within the system is important to enable correct working since accidents can occur when there is not adequate water in the boiler.
The fuel system
Having a regular fuel system service can prevent high cost problems and explosions.
Most often accidents related to fuel come about when combustible gases are not properly purged from the firebox before ignition or from leaking fuel valves. Any gas smell should immediately mean shutting down the boiler and safety devices should never be bypassed.
Maintain a proper boiler log
Most accidents can be prevented and tend to build up slowly over a period of time; by keeping a log an engineer can reflect on any changes and act accordingly.
If you were injured as a result of an accident in the workplace caused by a malfunctioning boiler in the last three years and it was somebody else’s fault then call Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, today to talk to a trained advisor who can help you process a claim for compensation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice