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Electrical panel builder fined after 750 kg unit fell on engineer

A high-voltage electrical equipment contractor from Stoke-on-Trent has been fined after an engineer was crushed by a control panel that tipped on top of him.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court was told that the Instrument and Control Services employee was moving the control panel on 2 February 2016. The unit, which weighed between 650 and 750 kg and was top heavy, toppled over and pinned the engineer to the ground. 

He sustained a pelvic fracture that split apart the left and right sides of his lower pelvis.  

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had not risk assessed the task and had not provided a safe system of work or proper instruction and training. 

Instrument and Control Services, which manufactures control panels and protection panels and supplies and installs switchgear and transformers, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay almost £3,000 in costs.

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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