Broom Boats fined after worker injury

17 Mar 2017

Broom Boats has been fined after a worker suffered serious burns to his face, arms and legs when working in the hull of a boat whilst operating a battery powered drill.

The incident took place back in June 2016, and the drill was later found to have ignited fumes from a highly flammable substance, which had been applied to the boat shortly before the incident.

After pleading guilty to breaching regulations 5, 6, 9 (1) of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), Broom Boats was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7163.

Paul Unwin, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, said: “While this incident gave the man life changing injuries the consequences could have been fatal. Duty holders must ensure their risk assessment process includes the substitution of hazardous and harmful products with less dangerous ones wherever possible to avoid serious incidents like this.”

A HSE investigation found the hazardous substance had been applied to the boat with no safe system of work in place for its use.

Boating Business approached Broom Boats for comment but a representative declined.

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