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Welsh police force fined £95,000 following an electric shock incident!

February 13, 2020

South Wales Police had hired a 48-year-old civilian to update computer cables in Bridgend Police Station in October 2015. The worker in question was part way through the update process when he came into contact with an exposed end of a live 3-core electrical cable, which had been left in a ceiling void. The worker sustained serious damage to his heart muscles following the shocking incident. 

 

During the trial, the Cardiff Magistrates' Court heard that the police force had failed to ensure the electrical system was safe and that the ceiling void was a safe place to work. South Wales Police Headquarters was found guilty of breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety Work Act, and fined £64,000 plus an additional £29,449 in costs. 

 

Speaking after hearing, the head of operations at the Health and Safety Executive Neil Craig, said "Police forces have the same duties under health and safety legislation as any other employer. It was appropriate for HSE to bring this matter before the courts given the avoidable, life-changing injuries suffered by their employee. It also seemed this incident could so easily have been avoided by carrying out the correct control measures and and safe working practices. 

 

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