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Worker electrocuted: life-changing injuries: BAM Construction Ltd fined £260,000

Worker electrocuted: £260,000 fine

Health and Safety Executive v BAM Construction Ltd and Shoreland Projects Ltd (2017) Winchester Crown Court, April 4

Statutory reference: regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EWR).

Two companies have been fined following an incident in which a worker was electrocuted.

The facts

· In January 2015 BAM Construction Ltd was constructing a railway operating centre in Basingstoke. BAM appointed Shoreland as groundworks contractor for the project.

· Work began to install lampposts on the site entrance road. One of the lampposts touched 11kv overhead power lines as it was being lifted into position by an excavator.

· Mark Bradley was electrocuted. He suffered multiple life-changing injuries including severe burns to his neck.

· There had been a failure to properly identify the presence of the overhead power lines and to appropriately plan the work.

· No suitable control measures were in place to prevent contact with the overhead power lines.

The decision

BAM Construction Ltd was fined £260,000 plus £9400 under regulation 14, EWR.

Shoreland Projects Ltd was fined £22,000 plus £8400 costs under regulation 14. EWR.

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