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Safe Working Practices with Mechanical Equipment

Mechanical Breaker Strikes Electrical Services

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has called on companies in Britain to ensure that they follow safe working practices when using mechanical equipment.  A recent prosecution of a local authority following an incident in which a worker received severe burns has prompted the HSE warning.


The London Borough of Tower Hamlets was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £39,089 at the City of London Magistrates Court, while contractor T Cartledge of Chelmsford, Essex, was fined £18,000 with costs of £14,555 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


Janet Seggery, HSE investigating inspector, commented: "This is a dreadful case where the employer had failed to provide plans of underground electrical cables."


Martin Rose, an employee of T Cartledge, was operating a mechanical breaker in October 2005 when he hit an electrical cable and suffered severe burns.


The HSE recently cautioned the construction industry after a contractor was fined following an incident in which an employee fell more than three metres inside an apartment block, sustaining multiple serious injuries.