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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Man suffers burns after explosion


    Man suffers burns after explosion

    A man was injured and suffered serious burns after an explosion at a manufacturing plant of an industrial gas supplier.

    Alan Garter was left with life-changing injuries following the accident, including multiple lacerations and significant burns to his left thigh, left arm and head.

    The firm he worked for, BOC, was fined after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations. Two of Mr Garter’s colleagues, Craig Knight and Dale Roberts, were also hurt in the accident.

    Could have been avoided

    In Mr Garton’s case, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that his injuries could have been avoided if his employer had taken some simple measures such as a thorough risk assessment, which included an identification of human error potential and the design of the work.

    Mr Garton was working for BOC’s Dissolved Acetylene Filling Plant at Whitby Road, in Brislington, at the time of his accident. He was filling a cylinder with a solution of acetylene – a colourless gas widely used as a fuel and a chemical building block – when it became unstable causing the cylinder to explode.

    The HSE investigation found that BOC did not meet the standards for controlling risks associated with handling the unstable chemical.

    The company received a fine of £175,000 at Bristol Crown Court and was ordered to pay costs of £85,000. BOC, of Priestley Road, SurreyResearchPark, Guildford, admitted to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    Compensation

    Almost anyone is at potential risk of burn injuries simply because a fire can start anywhere, at any time. Being aware of this aspect, authorities and employers have insurance in place to provide compensation to the people who get injured in fire accidents.

    The compensation amount that a person who suffers a burn injury is entitled to receive depends on the degree of the injury.

    Accident Advice Helpline can provide professional advice to people who have been injured in a fire and are interested in making a personal injury claim.

    The service can explain the differences between various types of burns and outline what options are available to those who have fallen victory to this type of injury. To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

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