An accident at work could result in one man claiming compensation after he was left with serious burns, which have left him with permanent disabilities.
Lee Harris sustained the injuries to 20 per cent of his body after being ordered to cut through a cable that was still live while working for Birmingham-based firm DSM Demolition in 2006.
The company, along with Gould Singleton Architects (GSA), could face a substantial fine after telling Mr Harris to carry out the task before checking if the 11,000 volt wire had been disconnected.
An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive - which published its first annual report in 1976 - found GSA had wrongly informed the demolition firm that all services had been terminated.
Inspector Tariq Khan told the hearing at Worcester Crown Court: "Live electricity and gas services pose a serious risk of death or serious injury to demolition workers. It is essential that companies working in this sector take proper precautions."
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