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    POWER CABLE STRIKE CAUSES 1ST DEGREE BURNS

    Workman on fire damage refurb project hits power cable with drill

    The Islington Gazette has reported that a young workman was left with serious first degree burns after drilling through a live power cable at a fire-damaged restaurant in Exmouth Market, Finsbury, London.

    Witnesses report hearing a  “loud explosion”, plumes of white smoke and a power surge affecting computers and lights in nearby offices. The injured man had been involved in refurbishing a Strada restaurant damaged in a fire two months ago.

    Skin was peeling off the injured man

    A witness reported:

    “We heard a loud bang and all this white smoke was going everywhere. We thought he’d done something horrendously wrong. He came out looking like all his skin was peeling off.” 

    A spokeswoman for Islington police said:

    “the man drilled through live power cables causing an explosion and electric shock injuries to the victim. He was taken to a central London hospital with serious burns.  HSE have been informed.”

    A spokeswoman for Strada said:

    “We have a third party contractor working on site during a refit. We understand one of their workmen accidentally drilled through an electric cable. We have heard that he is going to make a full recovery and will be back at work in a few weeks’ time.

    All the relevant risk assessments and method statements were in place and the contractor is undertaking an investigation as to what happened. They will be notifying us of their findings.”

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