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WORKMAN BURNED WHILST CUTTING LIVE CABLE

Firms to pay £500,000 over unsafe system for electrical work

Two companies have been ordered to pay over £500,000 in fines and prosecution costs after a workman suffered extensive burns to his face, arms and hands as a result of an electrical incident.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 28-year old man who was employed by Park, Gate and company Ltd (PGC), suffered extensive burns on 21 December 2014 while he was carrying out electrical work for Armstrong World Industries Limited (AWI) at a site in Gateshead.

The employee cut a live cable which caused serious burns to his face, arms and hands.

Made dead and proved dead before work starts

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found both firms failed to adequately identify whether the cables were live or dead prior to work commencing.

It was also found that Park Gate failed to provide employees with a specific safe system of work.

  • Park, Gate and Company Ltd – of Kingstown Broadway, Kingstown Industrial Estate, Carlisle pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,012.52.
  • Armstrong World Industries Limited – of Armstrong House, Market Square, Uxbridge pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,082.92.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Victoria Crofton said:

“There were serious failures on the part of both companies in this case. Electricity supplies should be made dead and proved to be dead before work starts.”

 

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