Employee was killed while working with poorly constructed equipment
An employee was killed by a 415 volt electric shock whilst setting
up equipment to test printed circuit boards. The test equipment was
poorly constructed, resulting in the employee working in close proximity
to live connectors at the ends of test leads.
The employers were prosecuted under the Electricity at Work Regulations
1989, Regulations 4(1) - Unsuitable design of test equipment 4(3), 7
- Live exposed conductors & 14. They were fined.
Equipment should be designed so that it does not give rise to electrical
or other risks, and a safe system of work employed to ensure the equipment
is used correctly. A risk assessment should be done to identify the
hazards, the risks arising from the hazards, and the control measures
needed to control the risks. The control measures should be incorporated
into the safe system of work. Workers should be instructed to use the
safe system of work, and the effectiveness of the safe system of work
monitored. It is very beneficial for all staff to have knowledge of
The downloadable leaflet Safety
in electrical testing at work
provides guidance on how workers can stay safe when undertaking electrical
testing at work. The downloadable
HSE booklet Electrical test equipment for use by electricians provides
advice on the selection of suitable test equipment.