A WORKMAN suffered burns when he was splashed by molten plastic at a Huddersfield firm.

Now magistrates have fined a Waterloo firm following the incident.

And the Health and Safety Executive reminded employers of their responsibility to ensure their workers are fully protected.

Forteq (UK) Ltd, of Tandem, were fined £1,250 plus costs of £2,224.40 at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to a charge under Regulation 10(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.

The prosecution follows an incident in June 2008 when an employee of the company suffered burn injuries as molten plastic sprayed onto his face, neck and arms while he was stripping the barrel of an injection moulding machine.

The employee, who was not wearing eye, face or arm protection, remains visibly scarred.

HSE inspector Andrea Jones said: “This case demonstrates the importance of employers not only providing suitable personal protective equipment for workers, but also ensuring its day-to-day use.

“In this case the company, which failed to monitor the working practices of its employees, signally failed to ensure that the appropriate personal protection was being worn.

“The employee was fortunate that the molten plastic did not spray into his eyes.”