The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has carried out an investigation into an accident at the premises of car manufacturer Grupo Antolin Leamington in January last year.
Nuneaton Magistrates' Court heard this week (October 14th) how an unnamed member of staff at the firm suffered severe chemical burns to his torso after being exposed to a caustic soda solution while transferring items from a conveyor belt at the company's Warwickshire plant.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Mark Austin noted the highly corrosive substance can be a significant hazard for individuals who come into contact with it.
"As an alkali it can be more destructive to tissue than many acids. It can damage nerve endings very quickly, meaning the victim might not be aware of what has happened as they cannot feel any pain," he commented.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 7(1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and was fined GBP 12,000 over the incident.
Posted by Verity Taylor