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Company fined over chemical burns accident

Tyneside firm DMI (UK) Ltd has been fined a total of £12,000 following an accident in which employee Michael Reid was soaked with a concentrated, corrosive chemical, resulting in serious burns. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in that it failed to provide a safe system of work.

Commenting, HSE Inspector Shuna Rank, said “Companies have a duty to ensure that hazards at work are managed so that they do not put employees and others at risk. This case illustrates what can go wrong and as a result of DMI (UK) Ltd’s failings a long-serving employee suffered serious chemical burns.

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