A worker has suffered significant gas explosion injuries while filling up a gas tank at his place of work in Bristol. Alan Garton was filling up a gas tank when it exploded causing serious injuries to himself and two other employees at the Whitby Road plant. The plant has now been ordered to pay £260,000 in costs as a result of the incident and the Health and Safety Executive has stated that the plant failed to take the necessary measures to keep its workers safe from harm. The plant is a high risk area for employees meaning that strict health and safety measures should have been in place. Failure to implement an effective hazard control strategy may result in an accident like this one. Mr Garton suffered from lacerations as a result of the blast as well as significant burns to his thigh, arm and head. The blast was caused by the solution in the cylinder becoming unstable, firefighters struggled to put out the subsequent fire for days thereafter. It was found that the plant was in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and did not control the risks associated with handling the chemical within the cylinder.
The Health and Safety at Work Act
The Health and Safety at Work Act is a piece of legislation which must be followed by all employers. It describes the duty of care employers have to their employees and expresses the need to control the hazards at work which may put people at risk of injury, illness or harm. Failing to train workers how to handle dangerous chemicals or failing to control exposure to chemicals can result in a serious accident. Gas explosion injuries like these can cause significant pain and trauma to victims. There may be a period absent from work resulting in financial difficulties. If you have been involved in an accident at work that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
How to claim for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which can assist those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. The ‘no win, no fee’ policy we offer all claimants means that you won’t be putting yourself under financial strain if you wish to claim compensation for an injury sustained at work. Provided that someone else was at fault, we could help you claim enough compensation to cover the cost of your trauma, as well as to help with any losses or medical bills. Call us, free, now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, for free, no-obligation legal advice.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown