Incineration worker left with 17% burnsRSS Feed
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted waste management provider Veolia Environmental Services after an employee sustained 17 per cent burns.
While cleaning ash from a filtration hopper at an incineration site in Deptford, the agency worker was seriously burnt.
The incident occurred as the man attempted to clear a blockage and resulted in the victim spending almost a month in hospital.
An investigation by the HSE led to Veolia being found guilty of failing to follow its own policies and procedures, as well as providing the worker with a lack of supervision.
HSE inspector Kerry Williams commented that the employee "wasn't provided with the basic information, training or supervision to allow him to complete his job safely", which led to an incident that "could easily have been avoided".
Elsewhere, Fugro Engineering Service was recently fined after a staff member was left with life-threatening burns when he came into contact with high voltage electrical cables during construction work.
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