Painters burnt whilst moving tower scaffold
Prosecution followed an accident in which an employee, and an employee
of a sister company, were burnt when they came into contact with 33,000
Volt overhead power lines whilst moving a tower scaffold during painting
activities. One person had to be revived at the site by others, probably
preventing a fatality.
The company was prosecuted under the Health and Safety At Work etc.
Act 1974, Section 2, Sub Section 1, the Health and Safety At Work etc.
Act 1974, Section 3, Sub Section 1, the Management of Health and Safety
at Work Regulations 1992 (No 3) paragraph 1, and The Electricity at
Work Regulations 1989 (No 3) paragraph 1 because:
- It had not made a suitable & sufficient risk assessment for
such maintenance work,
- It failed to prevent persons from working near 33,000 volt power
- It failed to provide employees with a safe system of work and the
other company's employee was put at risk.
- There was a high potential for serious injury.
The company received a fine.
- The company should have undertaken a suitable and sufficient risk
assessment that identified the hazards, the risks arising from those
hazards, and the control measures needed to reduce the risks so far
as reasonably practicable.
- The control measures identified in the risk assessment should have
been implemented and managed.
- The employees should have received training that allowed them to
identify hazardous situations and take action to prevent injuries from
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Electricity at work - safe working practices provides information
on how to plan electrical work in a wide range of industries.