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Chemical eruption leaves workers with severe burns

An accident at work has left three employees with serious personal injuries after being covered in a jet of caustic soda at a brewery in Burton-on-Trent.

The three contractors had been carrying out maintenance work on a faulty valve when the accident occurred in June 2008. As they worked there was an eruption of almost 6,000 litres of caustic soda which soaked all three of the men.

The contractors were taken to hospital where they were treated for the chemical burns they had sustained. One victim suffered 25% burns which have left him severely scarred and sensitive to heat, another was temporarily blinded from the accident and the third worker suffered minor burns to his skin and irritation to his eyes.

It was later revealed that the workers had not been provided with the necessary protective clothing or safety instructions for the work that they were carrying out.

The brewery has been found guilty of causing the accident at work by Cannock Magistrates' Court, fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £43,674 in court costs.

It has not been reported whether the personal injury victims will be pursuing accident at work compensation claims through the civil courts for their resultant injuries.


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