An engineering company has been fined £30,000 after an employee lost both his legs in a work accident explosion.
Clive Dainty, from Kidderminster, was working at Filtration Service Engineering Ltd on December 8, 2011 when a 335-litre vessel exploded as it was being pressure tested.
The force of the blast tore the two sections of the vessel apart, with one part striking Mr Dainty and forcing him into a cabinet against a wall.
Mr Dainty, 51, had to have both legs amputated and was in hospital for many months.
In addition, he sustained head injuries and has seriously limited movement in his arms, which have had metal plates inserted.
Vessel explosion caused work accident
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the work accident showed that the company was testing the vessel because there were worries about the quality of the welding.
But the business chose to use compressed air rather than just filling it with water, Worcester Crown Court was told on Thursday (February 20).
The plant’s compressed air supply was directly linked to one of the vessel’s openings.
A valve, which could be opened and closed by hand and a pressure gauge was fitted and the vessel filled with compressed air.
The pressure accumulated to such a level that finally the vessel exploded.
Filtration Service Engineering Ltd, of Kidderminster, Worcestershire was told to pay £15,325 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Date Published: February 25, 2014
Author: David Brown