A chemical firm has been fined more than £200,000 after workers were exposed to harmful substances which caused long term damage to their skin.
Employees at the Fine Organics plant at Seal Sands were regularly exposed to damaging chemicals over three years.
Staff suffered rashes and in some cases were unable to continue working at the site.
The company has now been fined for failings from October 2013 to December 2016 after appearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found multiple failings in handling of hazardous substances.
Workers at the company, now trading as Lianhetec, were regularly exposed to the chemicals, which can cause sensitisation of the skin.
The firm failed to conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
It failed to prevent the release of hazardous substances, failed to prevent spread of contamination, failed to properly decontaminate.
The company also failed to have in place an effective system of health surveillance.
Fine Organics pleaded guilty to breaching 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £224,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,098.
HSE Inspector Julian Nettleton said: “This was a case where the company failed to assess the risk and failed to implement appropriate control measures to manage the risk of exposure to these chemicals.
“If this had been done, then workers would not have been exposed to the chemicals and suffered harm as a result.”
The company is a contract manufacturer of products and solutions used in the chemical and life sciences industries.
The sale by North Edge Capital comes after it pumped £25.5m into the business in 2013.
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