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A Kent-based engineering firm has been prosecuted after a teenage apprentice received an electric shock at work.
The unnamed 17-year-old fell nearly three metres to the floor after being shocked by a bolt of electricity.
After being rushed to hospital, the youngster was diagnosed with a herniated disk, which led to numbness in his lower back - but he has since made a full recovery and is back at work.
When it heard about the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation and discovered the shock was caused by poor wiring.
Inspectors also concluded that the 17-year-old should never have been asked to do such a dangerous job, which led to Kenard Engineering Company being fined £11,981 after admitting to a breach of Regulation 4(1) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Speaking after the trial, HSE inspector Rob Hassell said: "This was a needless injury to a young and inexperienced worker. It could have been avoided by Kenard Engineering by simply ensuring that electrical work was carried out by suitably qualified personnel."
By Francesca Witney
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