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NHS Foundation Trust fined for after worker suffered serious burns

Date:
12 May 2015

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KGH), has been fined after an employee received serious burns whilst stripping down a steam boiler.

On 5 November 2012, a maintenance worker at KGH was stripping down a steam boiler for periodic examination, when he received serious steam burn injuries to the lower half of his body.

The worker received his injuries 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 steam leaking back into the section of the system he was working on.

The Court heard KGH had no system for assessing and controlling risks their employees were exposed to. The Trust did not know what training their maintenance employees had received and they were not under suitable supervision whilst working there.

The NHS Foundation Trust of Rothwell Road, Kettering, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court and was fined £7,000 with full costs of £1,926 and a victim surcharge of £15 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

More information about safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg436.htm

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  1. The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk.
  2. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.
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