Northfleet factory worker suffers serious injuries after being burned by molten metal in industrial accident

PUBLISHED: 11:25 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 19 October 2018

Kent Police were called to the factory in Botany Road to reports of a worker seriously injured. Photo: Google Maps

Kent Police were called to the factory in Botany Road to reports of a worker seriously injured. Photo: Google Maps


The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is investigating after a worker at a Northfleet factory was seriously injured in an industrial accident early yesterday morning (Thursday, October 18).

A spokesman for Kent Police confirmed officers were called to the Britannia Refined Metals factory in Botany Road at 1.15 am.

He said: “Officers attended the scene and provided support to crews from the South East Coast Ambulance Service, who conveyed a man to a local hospital.

“The incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).”

The HSE is Great Britain’s independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said: “HSE is aware and making enquiries into the industrial incident which occurred at Britannia Refined Metals, Gravesend in the early hours of October 18. HSE remain in contact with Kent Police.”

In a statement released to The Sun, Britannia Refined Metals general manager, Florian von Steinkeller, said: “An employee received burns following an ejection of hot metal.

“First aid was provided and emergency services were called. The employee was taken to Pembury Hospital and then transferred to East Grinstead Hospital. He is receiving treatment and is in a stable condition.

“The company has been in contact with the employee’s family to provide any help and support that may be required.

“The production area concerned was shut down so that a safety assessment could be made but has since been restarted.

“A full investigation of the incident will be carried out and further information will be provided when it is available.”

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