Agricultural Engineer Killed Following Incorrect Labelling
4 years on from a tragic oil drum explosion we see the MOT centre responsible for the incident sentenced and fined the sum of £80,000. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
In April 2017, the HSE investigation found that the MOT centre who had supplied to an agricultural engineer empty oil drums had done so without providing correct labels.
The HSE discovered that the drums were labelled as having contained motor oil. However, they did not disclose that the drums previously contained highly flammable gasoline. The residue from the third drum supplied contained residual gasoline vapour. The gasoline vapour from this drum tragically ignited as the engineer cut through the drum using a plasma torch. The engineer was attempting to make metal pheasant feeders.
The explosion of the repurposed oil drum led to fatal injuries for the engineer.
Understanding Your Responsibilities Under COSHH
Labels are used in scenarios just like this to help identify hazardous chemicals under COSHH. It is important to understand that anyone supplying an article or substance, has the responsibility to ensure that adequate information is provided. This is so that they can be safely used, cleaned and maintained.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector said: “Failure to provide any labelling information on the used drums, to show that they had also contained gasoline, did not allow for the necessary precautions to be considered and adopted when cutting the drums open. If appropriate labelling had been in place this incident could have been avoided.”
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