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Workman suffers severe burns in electrical incident

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

An electrician has suffered serious burns to his legs, abdomen and face in an “electrical incident” while fixing traffic lights in Gloucester city centre. The man was working for Richings, a sub-contractor on behalf of Amey, called in to fix faulty traffic lights. It was heard that there was an “electrical incident” in Eastgate Street just before 09:45. Emergency services were immediately called to the scene, including an Air Ambulance. The electrician was rushed in an ambulance straight to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive has already launched an investigation into the incident. Cabinet member for highways, councillor Vernon Smith, said: “We’ve heard about the upsetting incident on Brunswick Road this morning and our deepest thoughts are with the member of Richings staff who was working on traffic lights at the time.

“often require major surgery”

A tweet posted by Western Power said that approximately 650 homes and businesses in the GL1 area were without power for the majority of Thursday morning.

According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), electrical burns are caused “when an electrical current passes through the human body it heats the tissue along the length of the current flow. This can result in deep burns that often require major surgery and are permanently disabling.

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