Demolition Firm Fined after Worker Burned by Gas Pipe Fire

A demolition firm has been fined for safety failings after one of its employees was badly burned in a work accident.

The 37-year-old from Wakefield was carrying out demolition work at a local warehouse when he cut in to a metal gas pipe which burst in to flames in his face.

The worker suffered serious burns to his face and forearms as a result of the incident.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated over a two day period.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company after the investigation revealed that the work accident could have been prevented in the employees had undertaken basic checks to ensure that the pipe was safe to remove.

During the case the court heard how the worker could easily have died in the accident, which happened in 2010.

A spokesperson from the investigation said: “Injuries to workers in the demolition industry are all too common.

“Demolition activities need to be planned, supervised and monitored rigorously. However, Birstall Demolition and Plant Services Ltd failed to perform the simplest of checks to protect their employee by not making sure that the pipes were safe.

“This incident could easily have resulted in even more serious injuries; in fact he could have died.”

The company was fined £10,000 for the accident and ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs.

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