08 February 2007
Corus blast survivor receives compensation
A man who was seriously injured during an explosion at a steelworks in Wales has been awarded a six-figure payout.
The explosion at the Corus blast furnace in Port Talbot on November 8th 2001 killed three workers at the plant and Corus admitted liability following an investigation at the site.
Amicus member Peter Clement, 54, was one of 12 people injured in the explosion and he suffered 43 per cent burns in the incident, when molten metal and hot glass burst from the furnace.
A High Court judge ordered the company to pay over £3 million last December for violations of health and safety legislation.
Corus accepted that it had failed to ensure the safety of workers and contractors and accepted civil liability for the explosion.
The exact figure of the payout to Mr Clements has not been revealed. He required extensive skin grafts following the blast, suffered septicaemic shock, renal failure, liver problems, neurological problems, psychiatric injuries and a range of other health problems as a result of his injuries.
Amicus regional secretary, Cath Speight, said: "This was a horrific accident which caused enormous suffering for the victims and their families. Whilst we welcome Mr Clements settlement it will never fully compensate for his suffering."
Len Radford, 53, Andrew Hutin, 20, and Stephen Galsworthy, 25, were all killed in the explosion at blast furnace number five, which was caused by leaking water.