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Firm fined after worker fell into a tank

Date:
2 December 2016

A Bedfordshire-based company has been fined after a worker suffered severe burns after falling into a planting tank.

Luton Crown Court heard how on the 17 November 2014, 41-year-old Chris Heath was working at Kypol Electroplating Limited when he fell into a large tank containing caustic soda that formed part of a Zinc Plating Line. Mr Heath climbed up a ladder to the top of the tank to enable him to carry out maintenance. He fell into the tank and suffered severe burns to his left leg.

HSE’s investigation followed a number of previous inspections at the site where enforcement action had been taken and advice had been given in a number of areas on the site but were ignored. Kypol did not take sufficient steps to prevent unsafe practices from occurring and HSE found failings in respect of electrical safety and guarding of machinery.

HSE Inspector Emma Page said: “This incident was entirely preventable. Employers are responsible for assessing the risks on their premises and must put appropriate control measures in place.”

Kypol Electroplating Limited, Suven House, 55 Gosforth Close, Sandy SG19 1RB pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Regulation 4 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1998 and Regulation 11 of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £75,000 with £32,833.53 in costs.

Mr Kapoor, Director of Kypol Electroplating Limited, was also fined £13,500 for breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

For more information go to HSE’s website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/surfaceengineering/

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