by , on October 28, 2010

An engineering company has been fined £20,000 over “horrific” burns caused to a construction worker when he struck an underground electrical cable on a building site. Dwyer Engineering Services Ltd, of Swiss Cottage, North West London, has been fined  £20,000 over an accident that cause a construction worker to suffer buns over 62% of his body.  The company will also have to pay the £14,532 costs of the case.  The victim, who had been employed for only 4 days, was injured when he used a jack hammer to remove concrete and came in contact with an electrical cable.  His clothing caught fire and he suffered 62% burns to his body and he was treated in the hospital for 18 days.   Electrical contact injuries often include arc flash which can ignite clothing.  This causes most of the external burns.

The judge in the case indicated that a diagram of cables should have been obtained urgently and that appropriate safety clothing would have protected the vicitm from injury.  Safety measures were immediately revised at the company following the accident.

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Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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