Paramedics resuscitate man electrocuted at work

Electric shock man could be entitled to compensation 2779

Cable manufacturer Tratos could be open to a compensation claim from a worker who suffered almost fatal electric shocks at its factory in Knowsley.

Paramedics had to resuscitate the worker, who nearly died after touching a highly electrically charged cable in an unsafe testing area.

The man, 28, who did not want to be named, had been working in a testing pen, where cables are examined when a catastrophic failure in a safety system meant that he was exposed to over 2,000 volts of electricity.

A later investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a door lock system which was meant to protect employees from entering the testing area if there was a live current was not working. 

It is thought that this maintenance issue had arisen after another worker accidentally damaged one of the door's hinges after struggling to close it. This failure led to the man's electrocution.

Tratos, his employer was fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to breach of the health and safety act. The cable company was also ordered by the judge at Liverpool Magistrates Court to pay £4,206 in prosecution costs.

HSE inspector Bruce Jones said: "Workers shouldn’t have been able to gain access to the testing pen while electricity was being fed through the cables, but the safety system that prevents this from happening was overridden."

The inspector also inferred that employees had been given little information or training on what to do if the testing area's locking system had failed. Mr Jones also criticised Tratos for failing to ensure proper health and safety management systems were in place at the Knowsley facility.

Tratos is one of the largest cabling companies in the UK and export products to companies including Germany, China and Spain.

The HSE regularly inspects workplaces after industrial accidents, and prosecutes those it believes are responsible for breaching regulations.

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