BAM fined £260,000 after worker hits power line

BAM Construction Limited and its groundworks subcontractors have been fined after a man suffered multiple life changing injuries including severe burns to his neck.

Winchester Crown Court heard how BAM had been appointed by Network Rail to construct a new railway operating centre in Basingstoke.

BAM later appointed Shoreland Projects Ltd as the groundworks contractor for the project.

On 26 January 2015, when work began to install lampposts on the site entrance road, the fifth lamp post touched the 11kV overhead power lines when it was being lifted into position by an excavator, causing Mark Bradley to suffer his injuries.

A colleague rushed to Bradley’s aid, using a piece of timber to push him away from the lamp column.

An HSE investigation found a failure to properly identify the presence of the overhead power lines and appropriately plan this work activity.

No suitable control measures were in place to prevent contact with the overhead power lines putting a number of workers at risk.

BAM Construction Limited, of Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to breaching Electricity at Work Regulations and was fined £260,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9415.13.

Shoreland Projects Limited of Botley also pleaded guilty to and was fined £22,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8442.53.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector William Christie said: “While this entirely preventable incident has had a permanent and very substantial effect on Mark’s life, his very serious injuries could have been even worse had it not been for the quick thinking of his colleague.

“This case highlights the importance for all work to be planned properly by all duty holders. Overhead power lines pose a significant threat to the safety of workers.

“Construction work in the vicinity of live conductors must be properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure the risks are controlled.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/20/bam-fined-260000-after-worker-hits-power-line/

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