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Engineering company fined £55,000 for worker's burn injuries

An engineering company based in Oxfordshire has been fined after an employee sustained severe burn injuries when he struck a high voltage cable in an accident at work.

The 63-year-old had been working on a railway project, which aimed to connect Abbey Wood and Maidenhead via London when the work accident took place.

The worker had been using a hydraulic breaker to create an inspection pit in Hanover Street, London when he hit the cable.

As a result of the accident, the man suffered life-threatening 60% burns to his body.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that workers had not undergone sufficient training and that cable locations had not been clearly marked following a detection scan.

The company admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £55,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs as a result of the accident at work.


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