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Worker seriously injured in explosion

21st February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

An engineering firm, Filtration Service Engineering Ltd, has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £15,325 in costs after pleading guilty to serious safety failings after a worker was injured in an explosion. The firm was charged with breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Clive Dainty, from Kidderminster, was working for Filtration Service Engineering when a 335-litre vessel was being tested due to concerns about the welding. This would usually be done with water, but the firm used compressed air.

This caused the vessel to explode. Half of it flew through the air and hit Mr Dainty, forcing him into a cabinet against a wall. The explosion also threw a fire extinguisher through a nearby wooden staircase.

The Health and Safety Executive determined that, had the firm performed a risk assessment, they would have known that using compressed air was extremely unsafe. They could then have put up safety signs to ensure nobody made the mistake in future.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801696114-ADNFCR


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