SA: Man fined after lit cigarette causes blast

A man who caused an explosion at work by lighting a cigarette has been fined for violating occupational health and safety laws.

The man pleaded guilty before the Industrial Court to causing the blast at a workplace at West Croydon in Adelaide in June 2007. He was fined $4,000.

The Industrial Court heard the man was painting the inside of a tank and failed to notice the fume build-up in the confined space.

He used his cigarette lighter, which led to a blast that left two other workers seriously burnt.

Last year, the worker’s employer was fined $30,000 over the same incident.

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