A waste management company has been fined GBP 5,000 after an employee suffered serious burns from hot ash at a depot in Deptford.
The worker, who does not wish to be named, was working for Veolia when he sustained 17 per cent burns to his body while clearing ash from a filtration hopper at the plant.
London Magistrates’ Court heard that ash fell on the worker when he entered the hopper and started prodding it with a rod in order to clear a blockage.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Veolia did not follow its own policies and procedures for the management of dangerous tasks of this nature.
The waste-management firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for supervisory failings that led to dangerous working practices.
HSE Inspector Kerry Williams said that the victim was a “vulnerable worker” who should have been protected while undertaking his job with the firm.
Posted by Verity Taylor