Sheffield Crown Court has imposed a £1m fine on an employer after a worker suffered life changing injuries after an oxygen pipe exploded.

It was found that the employer had poorly maintained the pipe exposing the worker to a foreseeable injury.

The worker suffered severe third degree burns and initially was not expected to survive.

Employers have a duty to take steps to ensure that workers are reasonably safe when using the work place. In this instance the Court identified a failure of maintenance, training, and management.

Injuries such as the one experienced by this worker can leave a person requiring long term treatment for both their physical and psychiatric injuries. It is also likely that the worker will be absent from work for a long period of time giving rise to a loss of earnings claim.

A solicitor specialising in accidents at work will be able to advise upon the merit of pursuing a claim, advising upon appropriate support for the required medical treatment, and what financial losses might be recovered.

If you have suffered a serious injury whilst at work then contact the specialist personal injury team at Moore Blatch on freephone 0800 157 7611 or e-mail: matthew.claxson@mooreblatch.com.

Moore Blatch is a leading UK law firm with offices in the City of London, Richmond, Southampton and Lymington.