A British metal manufacturer has been ordered to pay almost £25,000 in fines and costs, after owners pleaded guilty to serious health and safety failings in Court.
Owners of Batley Foundry Limited, a manufacturer and supplier of iron castings in Yorkshire, found themselves facing legal action after an unnamed employee suffered serious work-related injuries.
A Court heard that the unnamed employee was undertaking work involving the use of highly flammable substances such as Isopropyl alcohol, when containers of such substances caught fire.
Due to lack of protective equipment and fireproof clothing, the employee suffered ‘serious burns’ from the incident, which occurred on August 5 2014, a Court was told.
A subsequent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation confirmed that the company had provided ‘inadequate’ training and failed to offer personal protective equipment (PPE) to the employee – whose life was put at risk by the incident.
John Boyle, HSE Inspector, said: “A worker was left with serious injuries as a result of this incident.
“Had the company taken a number of simple measures prior to the work activity taking place – such as the provision of suitable work equipment, training and personal protective equipment – then it may well have been avoided.”
Owners of the Yorkshire-based firm pleaded guilty to serious health and safety failings – after a Judge ruled that they had breached Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9,000.