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John Dodsworth, a man who is 35 years of age, suffered an electric shock when he came into contact with an overhead power line carrying a current of 22,000 volts as he lowered the 12 metre boom attached to a sewer chamber lid while working for James Kennedy and Lumsden & Carroll Construction in County Durham.
As a result, Mr Dodsworth required urgent medical attention and needed several operations - including the removal of part of his skull and skin grafts - which have left permanent scarring after he was airlifted to hospital.
His employers have now admitted liability for the incident, meaning that the employee could be in line for a damages settlement.
This comes after the Health and Safety Executive announced that it is to run a programme over the next few weeks to improve safety at construction sites in the north east.
Posted by Patrick White
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