Firms have been reminded that keeping their electrical systems in check will help them to avoid injury compensation claims and fines after a welder received an electric shock in Whaplode.
Stewart Baxter, who was employed at D A Green & Sons, suffered burns to his fingers while connecting a portable welder to an extension cable and required a week off work after the incident, which occurred in 2008.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that much of the company’s electrical installation was dangerously under-maintained, having been installed 50 years ago.
"This prosecution illustrates how important it is for factory owners to regularly inspect their electrical equipment," commented HSE inspector Jo Anderson.
"D A Green & Sons Ltd employs 50 staff whose health and safety has been at risk over many years."
The incident comes soon after reports that a Staffordshire man suffered a severe electric shock when the arm of his truck touched power cables.