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Compensation of £6,000 has been paid to a man left temporarily blind after an explosion in his workplace.
John Houghton was hurt when a pipe containing caustic cleaning chemicals burst in his face at a factory owned by Coca Cola in Wakefield in December 2010.
The 56-year-old had to undergo hospital treatment and could not see properly for three days due to the swelling around the affected area.
However, he now has scar injuries on his upper left leg and left shoulder as a result of the burns he suffered after coming into contact with the hazardous chemicals.
It was subsequently found that Coca Cola had failed to conduct regular safety inspections on the pipe in question, and the global beverage company agreed to pay compensation to Mr Houghton in an out-of-court settlement.
The man who still works at the depot said, “I was terrified I would never be able to see again. You hear about people being blinded by caustic acid and that was my worst fear."
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