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Electric shock injuries: scrap metal business owner imprisoned

Electric shock injuries: scrap metal business owner imprisoned

Health and Safety Executive v George William Edward Jones (2018) Swansea Crown Court, June 6

Statutory reference: s.4 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc., Act 1974 (HSWA)

George Jones, the owner of a scrap metal business, has been sentenced to imprisonment after a worker was seriously injured by an electric shock.

The facts

  • In March 2014 Jones instructed a worker to plug a tyre stripping machine into a wall socket. He suffered serious injuries.

  • The electrical installation at the site was unsafe and more suitable for domestic premises. The socket was in poor condition with exposed wires. The roof of the building had holes in it and there was evidence of water ingress on the wall behind the socket. This contributed to the incident.

The decision

Jones was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment under s.4 of HSWA.

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