Electrical fitters injuries result in amputation when he believed he was working in a safe zone
The employee, an electrical fitter received 33,000 Volt burns when
he climbed live apparatus in a substation when he believed it to be
within a safe working zone. His injuries resulted in amputation of both
arms. The company were found not to have adequate arrangements for the
demarcation of safe working zones and the monitoring of zones once established
was not adequately practiced. The training of staff in the setting out
of zones was poor. Company had used national distribution rules as the
basis of their procedures but failed to elaborate on the guidance of
The employer was prosecuted under the Health and Safety At Work etc.
Act 1974, Section 3, Sub Section 1 and fined £50,000.
Employers should ensure that working methods, materials, equipment
and worker training meet the standards set out in good practice guidelines.
Guidelines for many common tasks are generally readily available, but
often need to be modified so that they are suitable for particular tasks.
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Controlling the risks in the workplace
provides guidance on how to produce risk assessments that are suitable
for each work activity.