As an employer, it is your responsibility to be aware of Health & Safety laws that can impact any part of your business. If Health & Safety law is not followed, it can lead to many different problems, ranging from injury to fatality. In this case, the negligence of the employer tragically resulted in a worker’s fatality.
The Result from The Latest Health & Safety Breach Regarding Electrical Safety
An employee was killed by electrocution while carrying out planned maintenance on an air compressor at a distribution centre. He was not found for more an hour after the incident had occurred. His injuries were fatal.
The Health and Safety Executive found that the control measures in place to prevent contact with electricity during maintenance were insufficient. The electrical systems had not been tested or visually inspected since they were installed. As well as this, an incorrect isolating switch had not been identified.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. They were fined £180,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £23,358.16.
HSE Inspector Joanne Williams spoke after the hearing: “This was a wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to implement safe systems of work and identify the risks. Had the company identified the correct isolation point for the compressor and ensured that employees were sufficiently trained and supervised in the lock off procedures expected of them then this fatal incident would not have occurred.’