Gas pipes and electrical cables struck by mechanical digger
During excavation work using a mechanical digger, 5 gas pipes and 1
electricity cable were struck, yet work continued. There was no safe
system of work while excavating. Also a blatant continuation of work
using mechanical digger without repairing pipes already struck. This
could have seriously endangered lives.
The contractor was prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work etc
Act 1974, Section 2, and fined.
If work activities do not go as planned, STOP and find the safest way
to proceed. The plan of work should identify what can go wrong and show
how to reduce the risks.
The downloadable HSE
booklet Avoiding danger from underground services gives guidance
on how to work near underground services.