Leeds City Council has been fined GBP 10,500 following a high voltage shock that endangered the life of a lorry driver and exploded the tyres of a tipper truck.
On June 19th 2008 at the council’s Red Hall Estates landscape construction storage site in Shadwell, a lorry driver lifted the tipper body of his wagon directly underneath a power line.
Electricity from the line not only blew out the vehicle’s tyres, but put him at risk of electrocution when he went to check what was happening.
The council pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 as a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that signs and barriers should have been in place to prevent such accidents from occurring.
Earlier this week, it was reported that a handyman had made an injury claim against his employers after he fell off his ladder while pruning a tree outside Egerton House hotel in Bolton.
Posted by Trevor Baker