Accident case studies
It is important that we all learn from accidents and the misfortune of those involved - so that other workers and their families can avoid the loss of a loved one and the pain and financial costs of an accident.
The case studies in this section are all real incidents with real and sometimes fatal consequences for the people involved. The case studies concentrate on some of the key themes which are being targeted by HSE, including;
The case studies in this section indicate when fines and costs have been awarded where there was a prosecution. The real cost of the accidents is much higher than this; the pain and suffering, the time off work, damaged equipment, replacement staff costs, lost produce, increased insurance premiums and offenders' own legal costs far exceed this figure. Taking precautions to avoid it happening to you makes moral, legal, and financial sense.
- Avoiding danger from overhead power lines
- Keeping electrical switchgear safe
- Avoiding danger from underground services
- Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres