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Workers injured by acid spray

2nd December 2013 | Warning Signs

Three employees were injured when a pipe carrying 96 per cent sulphuric acid was allowed to corrode to the point that it burst and sprayed three workers.

All three were hit in the face by the acid, but prompt first aid and showering was utilised quickly and to great effect, preventing more serious injury.

The pipes carrying the acid were around 50 years old, and were beginning to corrode, yet the warning signs of a burst were ignored.

The breach was so small, and the pressure in the pipe so high, that the acid was forced out in a high-powered spray.

The incident occurred at the Polimeri Europa UK Ltd chemical plant in Hythe, Southampton. Polimeri was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive on November 29th.

It admitted breaching both Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £18,023 in full costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801667565-ADNFCR


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