NHS Hospital Foundation Trust fined for burns accident

The HSE investigated a Hospital after one of its employees sustained serious burns whilst stripping down a steam boiler for routine examination. The maintenance worker received burns to the lower half of his body after the boiler leaked steam back into the section he was working in.

The HSE investigation found that the employee suffered the burns whilst removing the crown valve from one of the steam boilers. The system only had a single point of isolation, instead of two, and this single point did not prevent the steam leaking.

The Court heard that the Hospital Trust had no system for assessing risks on the boiler and indeed how to control the risks their employees were exposed to. The HSE discovered that the Trust were unaware of their maintenance staff training and which employees still needed suitable supervision.

The NHS Hospital Trust was fined £7,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, charged a victim surcharge of £15 and ordered to pay costs of £1,926.

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