A Foundry owner has recently been found to have breached Health & Safety Legislation when three employees were exposed to lead poisoning at work.
A work accident investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Boughton-based LDB Light Alloys Ltd, owned by Laurence Brown, fell far below the required standards for lead smelting when the case came before Nottingham Crown Court earlier this month; Personal Injury Solicitor Tracey Graham explains.
The problem was discovered in May 2011 when one worker was admitted to hospital suffering from severe kidney pain and treated for lead poisoning. The Court was told that the employee is still experiencing kidney pains, whilst his two colleagues have had significant medical difficulties with fatigue.
It was found that no risk assessment had been undertaken, no training had been provided and there was insufficient ventilation at the business. Additionally, respiratory equipment was poorly maintained, there were no proper cleaning facilities, and no air monitoring or medical checks.
The Court heard that the staff would rest and have meals in a caravan still wearing clothes that were covered in lead and where there was no running water. They had to fill bottles with water in the foundry to make hot drinks in the caravan, which they then took back inside the foundry. This was also a breach of the regulations.
The owner admitted failing to ensure the health and welfare of employees between 16 January 2010, and 22 June 2011.
The hearing on 10th January was adjourned due to lack of time and will be rescheduled at a later date for sentencing.
A single high dose of lead can cause severe emergency symptoms. Other symptoms may include symptoms of lead poisoning may include: abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison), aggressive behaviour, anaemia, constipation, difficulty sleeping, low appetite and loss of energy.
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