Electric shock to lead to compensation claim?

A compensation claim could be launched by a man who was electrocuted during an accident at work.

Derek Offord was injured while carrying out his duties as an equipment operator at premises owned by coating and treatment firm Tecvac in Cambridgeshire in July last year.

At the time of this incident, the 45-year-old was checking new cables on a hardening machine when he received a serious electric shock that left him with open wounds on his arm and hand, as well as burns on his knee.

Consequently, Mr Offord spent 12 days in hospital and was unable to return to work for four months.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Tecvac had failed to properly assess how employees could use this piece of machinery safely.

Alison Ashworth, HSE inspector, observed: "Work with or near electricity is dangerous. This incident could have been prevented if the company had identified the risk and acted to control it."

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27/04/2012 14:06