WORKFORCE: Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust has been fined £7,000 after an employee received serious burns while stripping down a steam boiler.

On 5 November 2012, a trust maintenance worker was dismantling the boiler for periodic examination, when he received serious steam burn injuries to the lower half of his body.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that Kettering General Hospital had no system for assessing and controlling risks to which their employees were exposed.

The trust did not know what training their maintenance employees had received and they were not under suitable supervision whilst working there, according to a statement from the Health and Safety Executive.

The trust was fined £7,000 with full costs of £1,926 and a victim surcharge of £15 after pleading guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.