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Nestle Purina fined after steam scalds workers

The petcare giant has been fined after five workers suffered severe burns when a steam pressure system malfunctioned.

The five men, working on the maintenance of a hydrostat, suffered severe burns to their faces, arms and hands as a result of the incident on the 4 August 2006.

Nestle Purina Petcare (UK) Limited, based in Croydon, Surrey admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, and Regulation 13 of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 by failing to ensure the steam pressure system its employees were working on was safe. The firm was fined £50,000 with costs of £22,634.15.

HSE Press Release.

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