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Fine for Fras Contractors Ltd

Krzysztof Jabczanik, a Polish national, received severe burns to his left hand together with a loss of memory, when he received an electric shock from a junction box that turned out to be live when he assumed that it had been disconnected.

The incident occurred while he was doing maintenance work on an outside flood light, at a storage company in St. Leonard’s Road, North Acton, london on 4 August 2010.

Fras Contractors Ltd, a Hertfordshire contracting company, managed by Adam Fras, did not give the worker sufficient protection while he was doing the repair, resulting in his receiving the shock from a live junction box.

In evidence at the Westminster Magistrate’s Court, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stated there were numerous flaws in what should have been a routine job.

A ladder on top of storage boxes was in the way of easy access to the junction box, and should have been removed before any work commenced. The cover of the box should have only have been taken off after the electrical circuit was isolated. This was not the case, resulting in Mr Jabczanik being jolted and injuring his left hand, through an electric shock, when he touched the box, which further resulted in his falling down unconscious.

Adam Fras, a registered electrical engineer, was supervising the work undertaken at the time, should have been more circumspect about safety regulations for his employee.

Pleading guilty to breaching regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work regulations of 1989, Adam Fras was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Fras Contractors Ltd of Station Road, Smallford, St. Albans was fined £1,500 and costs of £1,000.

The HSE inspector said the whole episode would have been avoided if Adam Fras had paid better attention to necessary safety regulations. He was lucky that the electric shock received did not result in Mr Jabczanik losing his life.