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Lincolnshire firm fined after worker suffers burns

23rd July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Lincolnshire manufacturer of frozen potato products has been fined after a member of staff was burned by hot oil.

Harvey Hopwood, health and safety manager at PAS in Grantham, suffered ten per cent burns to his shoulder, upper arms, neck and back while he was monitoring the jet washing of a large storage tank on November 27th 2012.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the business had failed to complete a risk assessment for the cleaning operation, resulting in a £16,500 fine and £571 in costs.

HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said: “The whole point of a risk assessment is to ensure the risks associated with a particular task are considered and measures put in place to mitigate against them in order to keep workers safe.”

Ms McNulty-Green went on to say that carrying out the work before writing an assessment is “foolhardy to say the least”.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801615625-ADNFCR


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