Companies have been warned to avoid fines and injury compensation claims after a Devon engineering firm was fined following a fatal explosion.
RJ Bateman (Engineering) was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after safety failures led to the explosion of a coolant drum and the death of 40-year-old employee Anthony Reed.
Mr Reed was welding some practice pieces on a work bench supported by a 200-litre coolant drum which contained highly flammable liquids that ignited, causing him serious head injuries that led to his death.
"Mr Reed should never have been in the position he found himself in, practising his skills using a makeshift set-up with no knowledge of the significant danger in which he had placed himself," commented HSE inspector Jo Fitzgerald.
HSE recently launched a set of simplified documents designed to help companies to avoid prosecution and injury compensation claims by putting appropriate risk management procedures in place.