Company fined after worker suffers severe chemical burns
A major chemical company has been fined after a man suffered severe burns in an accident at a site in Bromborough.
The worker was unblocking equipment containing lithium chloride on June 5th 2008 at the Wirral International Business Park when the substance suddenly squirted out on to his neck and shoulders.
Wigan Magistrates' Court heard that his employers, FMC Chemicals, had failed to give the temporary employee suitable safety training, highlighting the value of warning signs.
After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the company incurred a fine of £13,485 and was ordered to pay costs of £8,926.50.
"[This man] was allowed to work in an area he had not been trained to work in and he should not have been there," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Mark Burton.
"Significant risks should have been identified and adequate control measures put into place."
Meanwhile, Corus UK has been fined £240,000 and ordered to pay £122,500 in costs after a man was killed by a falling steel pack at one of its sites in Wimbourne.
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