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Surrey firm fined after skip hire failings

24th July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Surrey breaker firm has been fined after a teenage worker was badly burned during a skip fire.

The employee in question suffered serious burns to his face, neck, chest and arms, while a second individual sustained minor burns during the incident at Grublogger Ltd’s farm in Salfords.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fined the company a total of £23,000 and ordered it to pay £5,113 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
HSE inspector Andrew McGill said: “Young people need careful management and proper supervision in the workplace, with the onus on dutyholders to provide additional protection because they inherently lack experience and maturity. 

“The training, instruction and supervision in this case were clearly inadequate in this regard.”

Mr McGill explained there was “no need” to use the skip as an incinerator, and proper equipment and management should also have been put in place.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801616205-ADNFCR


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