Electrocuted Polish Worker Receives Compensation
Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, of Castle Works, East Moors Road, Cardiff, has admitted that they did not take sufficient steps to ensure high voltage electrical conductors were safeguarded as required under Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
During the incident on July 31st 2008, electrician Henry Truszkowski was in a control room at the Celsa’s Castle Works plant. Mr Truszkowski was cleaning circuit breaker units and conductors when he was given a 33,000 volt shock from exposed live electrical conductors. He was seriously burnt as a resultof the incident. At the time of the incident, the conductors were allowed to re-energise as the room was not securely isolated, as it should have been.
Celsa Manufacturing (UK) Ltd were fined £80,000 at Cardiff Crown Court and told to pay £16,000 in legal costs.
“This incident need not have occurred, and must serve as a notice to other employers of the need to control risks from high voltage electrical equipment,” Health and Safety Executive inspector Steve Curry said.
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