Caustic Burns to Worker at Food Manufacturing Company
Food manufacturing company Princes Ltd, appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court on 1st December 2015 for health and safety breaches following an incident in which a worker suffered chemical burns to the left side of his face and arms and was also temporarily blinded.
The case against Princes Ltd alleged that an employee, Mark McLean, was working at the company’s Bradford plant when a hose carrying a caustic substance split spraying him with a chemical solution.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there was no evidence of preventative measures taken by the company before the incident that occurred in July 2013.
Princes Ltd of Weaverthorpe Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £13,000 with £1,323.15 costs.
After the hearing HSE inspector Kate Dixon commented: “The company failed to identify and eliminate the risk through good design, instruct employees correctly and instigate an inspection regime of the hoses and maintain the hoses in good working order… Had they done so, this accident would not have happened.”
The case demonstrates the importance of managing workplace risks to the health and safety of all employees and the need to provide health and safety information and training.