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A gas worker was lucky to escape with his life after he became trapped beside a burst gas pipe.
The man was part of a National Grid Gas team attempting to fix a leaking gas mains 10 feet below ground when one of the two pipes he was working between ruptured, breaking his leg.
He was then stuck next to the escaping gas while fire crews struggled for an hour to free him amid zero visibility because the air was thick with dust and gas.
The fact that he was wearing breathing apparatus undoubtedly saved his life.
Local residents around the excavation in Scunthorpe were evacuated due to the threat of an explosion. It took three hours for the broken pipe to be fixed and for the gas leak to be brought under control.
After a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident, Sheffield Crown Court was told of a number of failings by National Grid Gas that included failing to carry out a proper risk assessment to protect its workers, failing to adhere to its own gas escape procedures and failing to adequately communicate with the contractors assigned to the job.
The company was fined £1m and told to pay costs of £26,296 for breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Employers have a legal responsibility to their workers and it is their duty to keep you safe at work, no matter how potentially dangerous your job is.
This accident could so easily have ended in tragedy and it is testament to the skill and bravery of the fire crews who attended the scene with no knowledge of how much gas they were dealing with at the time that he was brought to the surface in one piece.
Last year there were more than 600,000 injuries that occurred in workplaces across Britain, resulting in more than 140 deaths. Over 1.2 million people suffered from a work-related illness.
If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own then you can claim compensation to help pay for your care and rehabilitation.
The personal injury lawyers at Claims Direct deal with work accident compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
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