Frozen Potato Company Fined after Worker suffers 10% burns from 160 Degrees Celsius oil

Posted on 08/14/13 in News, No Comments

Frozen Potato Company Fined after Worker suffers 10% burns from 160 Degrees Celsius oil

First reported by the Health & Safety Executive on 22nd July 2013: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/rnn-em-19413.htm

The Health & Safety Executive have fined a Lincolnshire Frozen Potato Manufacturer over £17,000.00 after an employee suffered severe burns covering 10% of his body.

The firm’s health and safety manager sustained burns to his shoulders, neck, back and upper arms whilst overseeing the jet washing of an oil storage tank in November 2012.

To check how the work was progressing, the worker climbed between the guard rails on the gantry at the top of the tank to check how the work was coming along. He accidently knocked a pipe connected to a pressure gauge which when it became disconnected released oil over 160 degrees Celsius in temperature over his upper body.

The worker was off work for a month before eventually leaving the company.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations require every employer to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work.

It was found that the Lincolnshire based firm had failed to complete such a risk assessment for the cleaning operation

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 “

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