An agency worker employed by a subsidiary company of Swindon Borough Council, suffered serious personal injury after coming into contact with a hidden, underground high voltage cable.
Swindon Magistrates’ Court was told that Chris Pyart and a work colleague were repairing fencing at the Shaw Ridge Play Park, for Swindon Commercial Services, who are a wholly owned subsidiary of Swindon County Council.
Mr. Pyart was helping to secure the mesh fencing by holding a metal pin in place while his colleague knocked it into the ground, unfortunately as he did so the pin struck an underground 11,000 volt electric cable.
Mr. Pyart suffered burns to his chest and hands which required hospital treatment; his colleague was unharmed and remained on site while the damaged cable was made safe.
An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had failed to carry out a proper risk assessment of the work involved.
Swindon Commercial Services, of Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £4,403 after admitting a breach of Health and Safety Regulations.
It is being reported that Mr. Pyart, who also suffered psychological trauma following the accident has settled a civil case with Swindon Commercial Services, in relation to the incident.