Bradford Magistrates’ Court has fined a well known food manufacturing company £13,000.00 with £1,323.15 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that a 41-year-old worker from Bradford suffered chemical burns after a hose carrying a caustic substance spilt.
The caustic substance sprayed the worker down his left side. He suffered chemical burns to his face, arms and was left temporarily blinded.
The incident occurred in July 2013.
The HSE told the court that the company had failed to make any preventative protective measures.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Kate Dixon said: “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.”