28 August 2007
Steelmaker fined after worker sustains burns
A steel making company has been found guilty of health and safety breaches after a worker fell into hot chemicals and sustained life-threatening burns.
The employee fell feet-first into the chemicals while carrying out a pumping operation at the company's Appleby coke ovens gasholder site in Scunthorpe.
Corus UK was fined £125,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,763 at a hearing in Grimsby Crown Court.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Helen Berry commented: "This was a very serious incident which resulted in an employee receiving extensive, life-threatening burns."
She added that the immediate cause of the incident was the firm's "poor workplace maintenance regime" which resulted in corrosion in protective fencing designed to prevent such an incident going unattended.
The HSE exists to ensure that the risks people face from health and safety when in the work place are properly controlled.