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Fine issued after workers suffer severe burns

13 June 2016

Wasall Magistrates' Court has fined Birmingham-based CISM £50,000 after two workers suffered severe electrical burns.

The company had been contracted to dismantle and remove redundant electric cabling and equipment at the former McKecknie Brass site in Walsall.

However, an employee of the company and the sub-contract electrician he was working with received the burns while carrying out an electrical check inside a switchgear.

The court heard that the incident, which occurred on 11 September 2014, resulted from the electrician accessing the live bus bar that caused an electrical arc and discharge and saw both workers suffer severe injuries.

A number of failings was discovered by the subsequent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation, including the use of unsuitable equipment.

While the current at the terminal was 6,600 volts, the tester used by the electrician was only suitable for equipment using 240-410 volts.

The electrician was also found not to be suitably qualified to work on high voltage systems. CISM, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,863.

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