Electrician George Roberts suffered severe burns in an industrial accident in December 2010.
An investigation into the incident was launched by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after Mr Roberts suffered burns to his face, hands and arms while carrying out a routine check on connections at an electrical substation.
Dundee Sheriff Court was told the employee of McGill Electrical had been issued with inappropriate safety wear for the procedure, with his colleague stating the accident happened extremely quickly – he noted a loud bang followed by a blackout at the substation, with the area then filling with smoke.
McGill Electrical was fined GBP 2,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
HSE inspector Mac Young commented after the hearing: "This incident was wholly preventable. It was foreseeable that a metal plate being manipulated in close proximity to live conductors could inadvertently touch live parts and cause a flashover."
Posted by Verity Taylor