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Site dangers exposed by worker's electricity cable injuries

Following a worker sustaining life-changing injuries after striking an underground 415V electricity cable, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has emphasised the need to following correct procedure while working on site.

During the refurbishment of a central London pharmacy in July 2013, the worker struck the cable while digging a trench for a new sewage pipe.

The 41-year-old man has been unable to work because of his injuries and is now registered disabled, according to the HSE.

Following the investigation of the incident, Medpharma Ltd was fined £60,000 by Southwar Crown Court with £40,000 costs after being found guility of breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 at an earlier trial.

HSE inspector Stephron Baker Holmes emphasised the need to “take suitable and sufficient steps” to control risks while on site.

“One of the client’s key mistakes in this case was to take on practical control of the work during the project without having the necessary understanding to be able to manage construction work safely,” he said.