Shock received after incorrectly wiring a machine
A person received severe electric shock injuries after incorrectly
wiring a machine, which resulted in the machine frame becoming live.
The injured person was not competent to undertake such work, yet competent
persons were available.
The company was prosecuted under Regulation 16 of the Electricity At
Work Regulations, 1989 and entered a guilty plea. Mitigation relied
on improvements since the accident including the appointment of a safety
officer. Magistrates considered this to be a serious accident but gave
credit for early plea and improvements. The company was fined and ordered
to pay costs.
Those in control of work activities should ensure that workers are
competent to undertake them.
HSE booklet Electricity at work - safe working practices and
the Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations provides guidance