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Berneslai Homes Ltd fined after employee suffers an electric shock

Following an investigation into safety standards, carried out by the HSE, Berneslai Homes Ltd, responsible for managing 18,800 homes on behalf of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, has revived a fine after one of their employees suffered an electric shock on a job.
After hearing about HSE’s investigation, Barnsley Magistrates Court investigated the Berneslai Homes Ltd employee who suffered the shock while replacing a wooden garden fence, back in November 2015.

The injured party was shocked after striking an underground electric cable with his metal spade while excavating a post hole. No serious damage was caused; however, the court was made aware that such an incident could potentially be fatal.

After a hearing on September 18th 2015, Berneslai Homes Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and was fined £7,500 with £8,562 in costs, as the court found they had failed to ensure the safety of their worker.

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