Health & Safety Breach Lands Scotland based Chemical Manufacturer With £560,000 Fine
Fire is not the only thing that can cause burns. Water with temperatures over 44°C run the risk of causing scalding.
Scalding can lead to a number of physical impairments such as scarring and severely damaged skin tissues.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has previously stated a death rate at around 20 per year. Case of scalding is also over 2,500 a year.
The psychological impact can be just as severe leading to anxiety and depression. Minor burns are likely to heal within 14 days leaving minimal scarring. Burns that are more severe however, are likely to lead to specialist medical care.
Scalding is not just something you’d expect to experience at home, it is also a widespread issue in the workplace.
Back in 2016, following a cleaning operation at a chemical manufacturing production plant, an employee suffered acute scalding.
New Safer Working Processes Implemented
The HSE found no control measures in place to prevent the eruption of boiling hot water from a pressure vessel chute. They have since ceased using boiling water for this procedure in order to adhere to safer working processes.
The chemical manufacturing company pleaded guilty to breaches of the section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company received a fine of £560,000.
The Power of a Risk Assessment
The HSE inspector made it clear that “If the decision to boil water in the chute instead of hosing it down with a cold water had been the subject of a risk assessment, the danger from the pressurised vessel below would have been identified prior to the incident. This would have prevented the employee severe injury and permanent disfigurement.”More News