A worker in a paper coating company has suffered serious burns at an accident at work.
Fire started by flammable liquids
The paper coating company, Olympic Varnish Company Limited, has now been fined after the incident that involved a fire on a coating machine.
The employee suffered serious burn injuries on July 10, 2015 after a fire caused by the use of highly flammable liquid to clean rollers on a coating machine, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.
The company had failed to make sure any such risk involved in using highly flammable liquids was eliminated or reduced across a number of areas of that activity, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed.
Firms have ‘responsibility’ to manage risks
HSE principal inspector Andrew Kingscott said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to inform, instruct, and train their workers in that safe system of working.
“In this case, if a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”
Olympic Varnish Company Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (1) of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 and has been fined £16,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £4,505.40.
Reference: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 6, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown