A company from South Wales has been fined after two workers suffered burn injuries as they tried to tackle a fire at a factory.
Maxibrite, in Llantrisant, which produces solid fuel, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and a single breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
It was consequently fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,115 in costs.
The employees were trying to put out a fire at the Maxibrite coal briquette plant on 16 December 2012 when they were hurt.
After attempts to control the fire by hosing the tower failed, works manager Simon Gilbody decided an inspection hatch at the bottom of the tower should be opened to let out any dust that might be causing an obstruction.
Carl Lewis, a company employee, opened the hatch but hot cinders cascaded out, burning Mr Gilbody on the chest, neck and face but without causing serious injury.
Mr Lewis was also engulfed by hot coals as he tried to close the hatch, suffering severe burns to his back, legs and hands. He was taken to hospital where he received skin grafts.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Maxibrite had not carried out a suitable risk assessment for the safe working of the rotary dryer and failed to provide employees with a safe way of working.
It concluded the incident could have been prevented if the company had enforced adequate precautions.
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Source: BBC News