Veolia Environmental Services has been fined, after an employee suffered serious burn injuries in an accident at work.
The agency worker who has not been named was working at the Veolia incineration depot in Deptford, when he suffered seventeen percent burns, while attempting to clean ash from a filtration hopper.
City of London Magistrates’ Court was told that the worker had been prodding at the hot ash with a rod as he tried to clear a blockage inside the hopper, when the ash suddenly collapsed on top of him.
His injuries were so severe that he had to spend almost four weeks in hospital.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the waste management provider had failed to follow its own procedures and policies regarding dangerous tasks and in so doing had put a vulnerable employee at risk.
Veolia ES SELCHP Ltd, of Pentonville Road, in London, was fined £5,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at the City of London Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the accident could easily have been avoided, had the company provided the agency worker with the basic information, training and supervision he needed to do his job safely.