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HSE issues PPE warning

All companies must ensure they provide their employees with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned.

The announcement has come after Huddersfield-based firm Forteq was fined for an incident in which a worker suffered major burns on his face, neck and arms after molten plastic sprayed onto him.

It was revealed during the prosecution of the company that the employee in question was not wearing the necessary PPE.

Andrea Jones, inspector of the HSE, said: 'This case demonstrates the importance of employers not only providing suitable PPE 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, resulting in the burn injuries.'

Details about the case have emerged after global PPE manufacturer Gateway Safety launched a new range of smaller-sized eye protection for women and those with narrow faces.

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