Company Fined Following Demolition Disaster
Electrical arcing is a huge hazard to Health & Safety in the workplace.
Arcing can result in fires, severe burns, damage to eyesight and hearing, release poisonous gas, and even cause shockwave/blasts.
Accidental contact with energised cables and regular wear and tear over a period of time can result in arcing. Further to this, it can occur when plug outlets become overloaded, or because of poorly maintained cables.
In 2018, a Ripon based construction company felt the impact of a poorly managed outbuilding demolition.
A fine of over £42,000 was issued after breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The incident occured when an excavator struck a wall containing 415v cable resulting in a fire. Workers attempted to put the fire out and did this in many different fashions. This included holding sheets of tin to shield the surroundings. The tin however heated up and was dropped onto another site worker who as a result suffered multiple burns. The work suffered burns to his scalp, arms and hands.
What makes the scenario worse is that the company had previously been quoted for the installation of new service termination equipment but never followed through to terminate the power supply to the building.
Guilty pleas were based on breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Speaking after the hearing, the HSE inspector said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”
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