A man has died after he suffered severe burns following an industrial accident at a sewage treatment works.
The incident which occurred in Yorkshire highlights the dangers of working in such an environment, with industrial accidents in areas such as waste management and other types of work increasing according to provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive.
Mick Jennings had worked for Yorkshire Water for eight years as a mechanical fitter in an engineering team and had a significant amount of training.
A statement from the company said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm the death yesterday of our colleague.
"Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, friends and work colleagues at this most difficult of times."
According to figures from the HSE, although there had been a decrease in accidents in certain notorious areas such as construction, the number of fatal accidents overall in the UK’s workplaces had risen to 142.
Officials admitted that it would have been very difficult to match the previous years record low, but insisted that there were some positives to take.
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