A BIRMINGHAM-BASED industrial roofing and cladding company has been fined more than £20,000 after two of its self-employed workers received serious burns to their hands.
The workers were carrying out repairs at AVL Powertrain, Viggen Way, Coventry on behalf of Unique Envelope Façade Solution Limited.
Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard that on 28 November 2018 the two received the burns whilst using a drill to attach a pre-fabricated cowling to a cable tray.
One of the fixings went into a cable, striking one of the phases and causing an explosion.
Live electrical cables
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Unique Envelope Façade Solution Limited’s risk assessments and method statements did not consider the risk of drilling into cable trays containing live cables, isolating the electrics to complete work, or other methods of fixing which did not involve drilling.
The company was fined £20,160 and ordered to pay costs of £1,178, as well as a victim surcharge of £170.
Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Gareth Langston said: “This incident demonstrated the importance of the role of those preparing the job.
“The company overlooked the 415V 3 phase cabling they were drilling in towards.
“A cable strike, even at this voltage, can cause a major explosion.
“This incident has left two men with long-lasting burn injuries and they are now unable to work for a long time.”