Labourer struck cables with jackhammer
There was an accident at a regeneration site in a major city when a
subcontracted labourer struck an 11,000 Volt underground electric cable
with a jackhammer. He was seriously injured. An investigation found
that he had not been trained or instructed adequately and so was using
an unsafe system of work for digging close to live high voltage cables.
The prosecution under the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974,
Section 3, Sub Section 1 resulted in a £40,000 fine.
Those in control of work activities should ensure that employees, contractors,
and subcontractors have been given sufficient information, instruction
and training to carry out the work activities safely.
HSE booklet Avoiding danger from underground services gives guidance
on how to work near underground services.