Author: David Combes
Published: March 17, 2014
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HSE reported a case whereby a company that decommissions fuel tanks committed safety failings leading to an employee being burnt while cutting up a disused fuel tank.
The employee was using a disc cutter to help remove fuel tanks from a former filling station. A spark ignited the residual fuel vapour and the worker needed to be in intensive care for two days with burns to his face and wrist.
In this particular case a gas detector had been used but it appeared it wasn’t correctly calibrated and may have given faulty readings.
HSE suggest cold cutting techniques should have been used instead of a disc cutter. The owner of the business was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.