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A member of staff at Cranfield University was severely injured after an explosive device went off whilst it was being dismantled.
Three employees at the Cranfield University’s Defence Academy on the Shrivenham Campus were deactivating cluster bomblets at the time of the incident.
One of the explosive devices exploded and left one man with severe chest and abdominal injuries. He had to have surgery to remove metal from his colon, suffered cuts on his face and shoulder, and has been left with nerve damage to his right hand.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the explosion and the subsequent injuries and found that the university did not carry out a suitable risk assessment for dismantling the bombs.
Cranfield University has admitted that the job should not have been carried out without the risk assessment and that the employees should not have been put at risk.
The HSE has fined the university £80,000, plus £75,000 costs, after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Act.
After sentencing, HSE Inspector Evan Bale said: “This case reinforces the fact that employers need to ensure all activities, especially those that are novel or only undertaken infrequently, have been properly assessed as to the associated hazards and risks, and that safe systems of work are in place to effectively control those risks.”
Employers have a duty of care to their employees and it’s their legal duty to keep you safe at work, no matter how potentially high risk your job is.
If you ever feel that your job hasn’t been properly assessed, or you haven’t had the right training to do the work, don’t do it. The same goes if you haven’t been given the right tools or protective clothing. If something you have been given isn’t suitable you can refuse to do the job until you feel safe.
In 2015 there were over 600,000 injuries that occurred in workplaces across Britain, and over 140 deaths. Over 1.2 million people suffered from a work-related illness.
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