A West Yorkshire based company has been fined £15,000.00 after an employee suffered serious burns as a result of the company having a poor system of work, and failing to provide adequate protective equipment.
The employee was hospitalised for 4 weeks. He suffered full thickness burns to parts of his body and had to undergo painful skin grafts. He has been left with permanent scarring.
The employee had been applying a coating to a mould and the next thing he remembered was screaming for someone to “put him out.”
A colleague reported seeing the employee holding a bucket with flames coming out of it, before the employee dropped the bucket but burning paint continued to engulf him. Another colleague used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the company failed to provide adequate training, work equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).
A HSE Inspector noted that if the company had “…taken a number of simple measures prior to the work activity taking place – such as the provision of suitable work equipment, training and personal protective equipment – then it may well have been avoided.”
The company has since taken steps to provide staff with fire retardant clothing and buckets.
How can we help?
At Ringrose Law, our Personal Injury team have experience of dealing with client’s who have suffered burn injuries and we have been successful in securing settlements which reflect the intense pain, hospitalisation and lifelong scarring that the victim is often left with.
If you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury at work, because of poor training, lack of protective wear or faulty equipment, get in touch with our Personal Injury Department on 01522 561020 or call into one of our offices in Boston, Lincoln, Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham or Newark to discuss whether you have a claim. We will work with you to assess the merits of your claim, and we can even assist in arranging treatment where physical or emotional trauma is ongoing.