Blog - Work Injury Claim

Man Engulfed in Flames after Cutting through Electric Cable

A demolition worker suffered twenty percent burns, after cutting through a live electrical cable at a sub-station in Worcester.

Thirty five year old Lee Harris was employed by Birmingham based company DSM Demolition Ltd, when he was asked to cut through a cable during demolition work at a foundry in Wainwright Road, Worcester.

Unfortunately the cable, which was connected to an on-site sub-station, was still live and as Mr. Harris cut through it he was engulfed by a fireball.

The demolition worker suffered twenty percent burns in the work accident, which required skin grafts and have left him with a permanent disability.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that DSM Demolition had been advised by Halesowen based company Gould Singleton Architects Ltd (GSA), that all services to the demolition site had been terminated.

However this was not the case as the power supply remained ‘live’, a fact which Worcester Crown Court was told should have been checked, before any demolition work began.

DSM Demolition Ltd, of Arden Road, in Birmingham, was fined £40,000 after being found guilty of a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Gould Singleton Architects Ltd, of Whitehall Road, in Halesowen, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, resulting in a fine of £20,000.

Post your comments

What could your claim be worth?