Employee received a shock whilst touching a metal fence
A contractor's employee touched a metal mesh fence against which a
live cable end was resting and received a 415 Volt electric shock. This
occurred after a Permit to Work irregularity by the host company, inadequate
isolation of the job by an electrical contractor's electrician, and
re-energising of the circuit by the host company. Investigation of the
incident revealed a failure to properly manage the permit to work system
over a period of 14 months.
The host company was prosecuted under the Health and Safety At Work
etc. Act 1974, Section 3, Sub Section 1, and fined £10,000. The
electrical contractor was also prosecuted.
Those in control of work on electrical equipment or installations should
ensure it is carried out in a manner that, so far as is reasonably practicable,
does not lead to danger. Precautions should be taken to ensure that
equipment that has been electrically isolated cannot be reenergised
if danger will result.
The downloadable HSE booklet Electricity
at work - safe working practices provides guidance on safe