Worker could seek damages after explosion

Burns and bruising suffered during an explosion at his workplace may lead to a man deciding to pursue a claim for damages.

The unnamed 44-year-old was injured when he fell a distance of around 2.5 metres from the top of a chemical storage tank onto a metal girder at a plant owned by Hutchinson Technical Services in Widnes in May 2010.

At the time of the incident, the professional was carrying out maintenance work on the container when the chemical vapour it was holding ignited, which then caused an explosion.

He was knocked unconscious by the fall and sustained bruising to his ribs - as well as burns to his right arm and leg - and was therefore off work for several weeks after the accident.

Lisa Lewis of the Health and Safety Executive commented: "The employee's injuries could have been much worse and he could have been killed if he'd struck his head when he landed on the girder."

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801327564-ADNFCR

27/03/2012 16:31