Laundry firm prosecuted after worker suffers third degree burns

Laundry firm prosecuted after worker suffers third degree burns

The 34 year old man, a father of one, was in hospital for six weeks after the incident at Vineshield Professional Services Ltd in November 2013.

Trafford Magistrates' Court heard (11 September) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to monitor the condition of the floor and did not ensure that it was of a suitable construction for the environment in which it was used.

Witnesses provided evidence to HSE that there were leaks in the roof which went onto the wooden floor and metal patches were found in several places where there were holes in the wood.

HSE inspector Helen Jones, speaking after the hearing, said:

"Vineshield Professional Services failed to carry out checks to ensure the floor was safe to work on. This was of importance due to the heat and steam generated in the working environment. An industrial iron giving off steam was situated directly underneath the mezzanine floor. The injured worker was severely burnt and had to undergo very painful treatment in hospital."

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