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The workers were operating at the Wisbech depot of Nestle Purina - a global firm which has roots tracing back to the 19th century - when they came into contact with an "uncontrolled release of steam" from a piece of high-pressure food processing equipment.
As a result of this incident, a case at Cambridge Crown Court heard that David Naylor, Mark Mawby, Christopher Newell, David Garner and Gary Coe all suffered severe burns to their arms, hands and faces, with one of the quintet requiring cosmetic surgery to repair the damage caused by the blast.
Nestle Purina subsequently admitted breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, meaning the men could seek personal injury damages for their ordeals.
Peter Burns of the Health and Safety Executive commented: "This incident highlights the need for companies to plan and implement all projects with a clear health and safety oversight."
Posted by Helen Jones
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