The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Liverpool construction firm Vermont Capitol after a young labourer suffered serious injuries when his angle grinder came into contact with live wires at a property in the city.
Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard yesterday (October 23rd) how an unnamed 22-year-old – who preferred to remain anonymous – suffered injuries to his arm and elbow after cutting through a live electricity mains cable that the company had failed to identify.
Protective clothing worn by the individual prevented him from further injury, but he could easily have been killed.
Commenting after the hearing, HSE inspector Chris Hatton said: "It's vital that developers take the risks seriously from gas pipes and electricity cables and get written confirmation that supplies have been disconnected before starting work. Otherwise lives will continue to be put at risk."
The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined GBP 2,000.
Posted by Wayne Weir