In May 2005, the engineer, who was also a member of Unite, was inspecting a horizontal multi-tubular steam boiler when the gas side of the boiler exploded, trapping him under a heavy hot boiler door. He was knocked briefly unconscious.
The boiler, located at a power installation at Liverpool Docks, was under the control of E.ON.
When he regained consciousness the engineer attempted to free himself from beneath the door because it was causing burns to his stomach.
During the course of this action he suffered burns to his hands, even though he was wearing protective rigger gloves. He sustained serious burns on his abdomen and legs, sustained an injury to his leg and steam burns to his face.
During the accident the engineer said he feared the steam section of the boiler could fail while he was trapped, causing him an agonising death by scalding.
He required months of hospital treatment to treat the burns, including skin grafts and plastic surgery. The physical injuries as well as the psychological trauma of the incident meant he was unable to return to work.
Rowley Ashworth Solicitors successfully pursued a claim on his behalf, securing £170,000. The engineer was awarded the sum for the serious burn injuries he received and the post-traumatic stress he suffered.
Andrew Davies, a partner with Rowley Ashworth Solicitors, said: “This was naturally a frightening experience for someone who was fortunate not to be killed and I am pleased to report he is making good progress in recovering from his physical injuries.
“It is entirely understandable that he never wants to be in an environment that brings back the psychological trauma of the explosion. This settlement ensures he will not be forced to and will now be able to make the relevant adaptations to his life.”