A worker was injured when working in a live electrical panel
An employee was instructed to carry out work on an electrical control
panel to reverse the phases and reverse the conveyor that had blocked.
The panel was still live and electrical shorting resulted in arcing
and caused burns to his face and arms. He had not received training
in electrical work.
The employer was prosecuted under The Electricity at Work Regulations
1989 (No 16) and fined.
People who work on electrical equipment or installation must be competent
to do the tasks required of them. Competence can normally be demonstrated
by an individual who has successfully completed a suitable training
course, has experience in the area of work, and is able to appreciate
how to reduce the risks posed by the work activity.
HSE booklet Electricity at work - safe working practices provides
information on how to select and instruct competent workers.