If you work in St Albans and you’ve been seriously injured in an accident at work because you were issued with the wrong equipment by your employer, to carry out a specific task, you can launch a St Albans accident at work claim, working through Accident Advice Helpline.
Inflammable fumes ignited by sparks from angle grinder
An example of such an incident took place at a biscuit manufacturing company in February 2012, when contract workers had been instructed to remove three disused oil tanks. The workers had been issued with angle grinders to cut the oil tanks free. The sparks from one of the angle grinders ignited inflammable fumes inside the oil tank.
The angle grinder operator attempted to extinguish the flames inside the tank using a water lance. However, instead of extinguishing the flames, the water lance caused a “blow-back” which engulfed the worker’s lower body in flames.
The contract worker’s colleagues rushed to his aid and put out his burning clothes using a fire extinguisher. However, the accident victim suffered extensive burns requiring prolonged treatment, followed by rehabilitation.
Contractor deviated from agreed safe working practice
In the investigation that followed, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), found the firm of contractors had deviated from the safe system of work that had been previously agreed with the site owners. Rather than using cold cutting equipment, the contractors had used angle grinders, which produce both heat and sparks. The results were devastating.
In addition to using the wrong tools, the contactor was also found to not have been diligent enough when surveying and planning the work. The problems of gaining access into the tanks, of working in confined spaces, and of arranging emergency support and access in case of accidents, had not been thought through.
Contractors fined £10,000
For breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the contractor was fined the sum of £10,000 and instructed to pay full court costs of £7,885.
Using our no win no fee service for your St Albans accident at work claim will stand you in good stead
If you’ve been hurt in an accident at work in St Albans, because your employers did not follow agreed safe working practices, you should contact AAH and file a St Albans accident at work claim for compensation. The no win no fee service that we offer, and that is unreservedly recommended by well known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen, will stand you in good stead.
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Date Published: 20th October 2014