A member of staff at National Grid Gas was injured in an incident at the Diss Compressor Station in Norfolk that has resulted in the need for a steel plate to be implanted in his leg.
Norwich Magistrates' Court heard on Friday (November 15th) how the unnamed worker – who preferred to remain anonymous – suffered his injuries while carrying out the maintenance of a recompression unit at the site, when he was struck by a sudden burst of pressurised trapped gas.
Following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the firm was shown to have failed to follow its own non-routine operation procedure for the task, as well as failing to provide a safe system of work.
HSE inspector Duraid Alkazraji commented: "Given the high pressure gas release which occurred during this maintenance work, this worker could easily have been more seriously injured."
National Grid Gas pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined GBP 20,000.
Posted by Trevor Baker