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Firm prosecuted for chemical burns accident

An electro-plating company based in Tyneside has been prosecuted following an accident at work in which a worker suffered serious burns from contact with a concentrated and corrosive chemical.

The 66-year-old employee was working as an electroplater when the incident occurred in January 2011. He had been topping up a stripping tank filled with a sodium hydroxide solution when the hose attached to the pump he was using came off.

It has been reported that the man was soaked in the chemical, causing him to suffer severe burns to his legs and body. He spent two weeks in hospital and had to undergo multiple skin grafts – he has been unable to return to work since he sustained the personal injury.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that the company had failed to carry out a risk assessment and had not provided employees with the appropriate training in working with sodium hydroxide.

The firm was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,081 for neglecting to protect the safety of their employees and consequently failing to prevent an accident at work.


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