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    LIVE WORKING IGNITED CLOTHES OF ELECTRICIAN

    Spanner came into contact with live terminal causing life-changing burns

    An electrical contractor has been sentenced after a worker suffered an electric shock and sustained life-changing burn injuries in July 2016.

    Westminster Magistrates heard how an electrician was working in the substation at a construction site at Shoe Lane in London carrying out work involving the disconnection and relocation of a site intake distribution assembly.

    A spanner he was using whilst disconnecting a cable contacted a live terminal. His clothing was set on fire and he sustained burn injuries to his head, arms, torso and legs.

    The worker was taken to hospital for treatment and spent three and a half weeks in a coma and has undergone and continues to undergo multiple skin grafts.

    Working near live conductors

    HSE found that personnel were working near live conductors; failed to inspect equipment and failed to consider isolating the high voltage supply to the substation.

    • Wingate Electrical PLC – of Wingate House, Rutherford Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and was fined a total of £225,000 and ordered to pay £10,662.56 in costs.

    Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David Swaite said:

    ”Anyone planning work on electrical equipment should carry out suitable and sufficient checks to ensure that the correct point of isolation is selected, so that no person works on or near live equipment.”

     

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