Hot steam blew worker off feet
Saturday 24th November 2012, 3:00PM GMT.
AN incinerator worker was blown off his feet when he was engulfed by boiling hot steam that left him with first-degree burns on his face, neck and arm, the Royal Court heard yesterday.
Debris was blasted into the victim’s skin, causing a ‘tattooing effect’ and the force of the pressurised steam blew the man’s hard hat off his head and across the road, striking a vehicle, on 21 December 2010.
Incinerator sub-contractors Spie Batignolles Camerons Ltd and Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee SA were fined £25,000 each yesterday after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law, 1989, as amended. They were also ordered to pay £2,500 each towards prosecution costs.
• See Saturday’s JEP for full report