Gas Pipe Ignites Causing Burn Injuries at Work

Burns could lead to compensation claim 2595

An unnamed man suffered serious burns to his face and arms in an accident at work when a gas pipe ignited in his face.

The severe burn injuries were sustained while he was working for Yorkshire-based demolition company Birstall Demolition and Plant Services in Burton-on-Trent in June 2010.

At the time of the accident the 37-year-old employee cut into a metal gas pipe but was unaware that gas was still flowing through the pipe. This resulted in flames engulfing his head and arms, he was taken by ambulance to the burns unit at the Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he remained for two days.

A work accident investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the Birstall Demolition had failed to make sure the pipe was safe before the man began his work.

Alastair Choudhury of the HSE said, "Demolition activities need to be planned, supervised and monitored rigorously."

Posted by Chris Stevenson