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Fine for Hayes Electrical and Buildin Services

12/09/11: An electrical company in Liverpool has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after two workers received severe facial burns after a work accident.

The two men were employed by Hayes Electrical and Building Services. They were at Liverpool’s Head Pier ferry terminal replacing a temporary switchboard fuse.

However as they went to install the new fuse, a flash fire sparked, that only lasted a few seconds, generating an intense heat that gave the two men serious facial burns.

Both men have requested their names to not be disclosed. They needed hospital treatment, with one of the employees having to take three months off work in order to recover from his injuries.

The HSE investigated the incident, and discovered that the electricity supply to the switchboard had not been turned off. Electricity was still running through the switchboard while the two men were working on it.

The owner of Hayes Electrical and Building Services, Terence Hayes from Waterloo, Sefton, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £4,766 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Electricity at Work Regulations.

After the hearing, an HSE Inspector stated that Mr Hayes should have ensured his employees were not working with a live switchboard. The inspector added that a better alternative would have been to perform the work on the terminal between ferry sailings, where the electricity could have been turned off without substantial disruption to their operation.