Gary Jeans, 29, from Winteringham, was working at Tata Steel UK’s plant in Scunthorpe as a contract labourer when the incident happened on 10 October 2012.
His face, left arm and back were badly burnt, leaving him unable to work for several months.
Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Jeans was working with a colleague at the coke ovens in Dawes Lane.
He had climbed up to a walkway above the oven top and was trying to unstick a valve needed for charging the oven by applying pressure with his foot onto the valve counterbalance. As he did so, however, his colleague below started to charge the oven sending a rush of hot gas out of the top of the gas pipe toward him.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive discovered that Mr Jeans had received insufficient training and supervision, while he had also picked up some of the poor practices that had become customary on site in just a few weeks.
The company, meanwhile, had let the unapproved working practices go unchecked for some time and had failed to recognise that they needed either stamping out as poor practice or regularising if approved.
Tata Steel UK Ltd, registered at Millbank, London, was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,384 in prosecution costs after it pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Claiming for burn injuries
If you’ve been the victim of a burn injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation for loss of earnings and for any distress or pain caused as a result of the accident.
The amount of money you receive varies depending on the severity of the burn – first degree, second degree or third degree.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide you with all the information and support you need to make a successful claim. To discuss your potential claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Source: Scunthorpe Telegraph