Unsafe electricity work fines for two companies | Health & Safety

Unsafe electricity work leads to fines for two companies

Key Facts:

  • Two men suffered severe burns whilst working on a live electricity distribution board.
  • A capacitor from the distribution board fell onto a live conductor whilst they were working on it, causing an electrical flashover.
  • The employing company and the company in charge of the site where the unsafe electricity work was undertaken were both prosecuted, with combined fines of £44,000.

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Health and Safety Failings – Fine issued for multiple health and safety failings

Fine issued for multiple health and safety failings

Key Facts:

  • The site was in such a dangerous condition that 8 notices were immediately issued by the visiting health and safety inspector
  • Dangers included unguarded dangerous machinery, exposure to risk of electrocution, and asbestos contamination.
  • HSE inspector said that the standards were “totally inadequate” and that it was “very fortunate no-one was killed or seriously injured’ at the site.
  • The company was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs as a result of multiple health and safety failings.

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Health and Safety Newsletter for Jan 2015

Follow this link to see a copy of this months health and safety newsletter. This is our first Health and Safety Newsletter for a brand new year.

If you have ideas for future articles or subjects that you would like to see covered this year, please let me know.

We look forward to supporting you through the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and we want 2015 to be a great year for all of us

The Health and Safety Newsletter contains information on:

  • A welcome to 2015
  • Upcoming health and safety training, including warehouse training
  • Ten asbestos facts
  • Cold weather working
  • Competent health and safety advice
  • Links to the new draft CDM 2015 Regulations
  • Electrical Safety

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Electrical Safety

In this blog article, we look at some of the questions that are concerning employers about electricity in the workplace.  Consideration needs to be given to the system that we plug into (the fixed electrical installation) as well as what we plug in (portable electrical equipment). In both cases, testing should be carried out by a competent person, and there are recommended periods between inspections.

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Construction Safety Electrical Cable cut through

Construction Safety Electrical Cable cut through – a worker survives after cutting through a live mains cable.  A construction company has been fined £2,000 and made to pay £980 in fees after they were found guilty of failing to identify live mains cables under the CDM regulations 2007.
The company was clearing the site to build a new student block. The employee had been asked to go into the cellar and to start removing old pipes and cables. He was assured that all live power had been disconnected. He began to cut the cables with his angle grinder, as soon as this touched the live wires there was a large flash and the worker was thrown across the floor resulting in injuries to his elbow and shoulder. Luckily his protective clothing had protected him from burns or any more serious injuries. The HSE inspector added that this young worker had been extremely lucky to not sustain more serious injuries as a result of this incident and that companies need to take more seriously the risks from gas and electricity supplies getting written confirmation that they have been disconnected before work commences.


Accidents and Consequences

With an increase in the number of recorded workplace fatalities, accidents and consequences, Mike Ellerby this month looks at the some of the commonest causes of workplace fatalities and considers what companies can do to help to prevent these and to protect their employees and their businesses.

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Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents threaten your business and the lives of your employees – avoid them.

Contact LRB Health & Safety Consulting to ensure that your workplace becomes a safe environment for everyone.

We work with business and other organisations across the spectrum – if you need help now call 01509 550023 or email us with any questions.

Typical Hazards
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Chemical
  • Moving Vehicle
  • Workplace Transport
  • Work at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • Slips, Trips & Falls

A Brief History of Health and Safety

Working within the consultancy over the past few months I have gained an insight into the world of Health and Safety as it is today, and with this knowledge I have decided to, admittedly briefly, research the origins of Health and Safety in this country and plot it’s development to modern times.

From the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act 1802 to the “Six Pack” regulations of the 90’s, here we go…

First Legislation

The “Health and Morals of Apprentices Act 1802” was the first Health and Safety legislation to be passed by parliament yet it was extremely limited an d was on the whole only applicable to apprentices in cotton and wool mills. There is also not a great deal of evidence that this legislation was ever enforced.

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