Hot steam blew worker off feet

AN incinerator worker was blown off his feet when he was engulfed by boiling hot steam that left him with first-degree burns on his face, neck and arm, the Royal Court heard yesterday.

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AN incinerator worker was blown off his feet when he was engulfed by boiling hot steam that left him with first-degree burns on his face, neck and arm, the Royal Court heard yesterday.

Debris was blasted into the victim’s skin, causing a ‘tattooing effect’ and the force of the pressurised steam blew the man’s hard hat off his head and across the road, striking a vehicle, on 21 December 2010.

Incinerator sub-contractors Spie Batignolles Camerons Ltd and Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee SA were fined £25,000 each yesterday after admitting breaching the Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law, 1989, as amended. They were also ordered to pay £2,500 each towards prosecution costs.

See Saturday's JEP for full report