Biscuit factory fined after man is burned at work

A man suffered extensive injuries after being burned at work in a Batley biscuit factory. The man was working for steel fabricators Hartwell Manufacturing Ltd and had been hired to remove three disused oil tanks at the factory.

The incident occurred when the worker cut a hole in one of the tanks using an angle grinder but sparks began to fly as the tank had only recently been emptied. The sparks caused a fire when the liquid was ignited. The worker subsequently attempted to put the fire out using a high pressure water lance inserted into the tank but the fire erupted burning his lower body. Other workers put the flames out using a fire extinguisher but the man suffered extensive burns and required rehabilitative treatment.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated and decided to prosecute the manufacturing firm for failing to keep to the safe working practices organised between themselves and Fox’s Biscuits. The ankle grinder used was not appropriate for the work to be carried out and other equipment was supposed to be brought in for the job. The whole process of moving the tanks was also found to be unsafe due to working in a confined space and the means of access to the tanks. There were no emergency arrangements in place to remove the injured worker from the site. The company was ordered to pay £7, 885 in costs and was fined £10,000 as a result.

Injuries at work

Safe working practices should be arranged for workers taking part in risky activities. Any hazards should be addressed and controlled to avoid worker injury and risk assessments should be in place for any activity which has the potential to become unsafe. This includes moving and handling dangerous chemicals such as fuel or flammables. Personal protective equipment should also be provided where appropriate and workers should be given the correct equipment to carry out the work. There should also be proper training in place to ensure workers know how to handle dangerous chemicals. If you have been burned at work or injured in another way and someone else was at fault, you may also be able to win some compensation for your suffering.

Personal injury compensation

As a law firm which has been in operation for almost 14 years, Accident Advice Helpline has assisted thousands of victims of negligence to claim compensation for their injuries. If you have suffered an injury at work and there is evidence that someone else was at fault, we can help you claim compensation to help you cope during a difficult financial time. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your case with an adviser and to obtain some no-obligation advice.

Source: Health and Safety Executive

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