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Suffolk company fined following report of electrical hazards

8th January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A plastics manufacturer in Suffolk has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into its electrical systems.

The HSE assessed Techplas Limited's electrical systems, discovering serious issues with their construction and maintenance.

As part of their investigation, the HSE found live 400 volt cabling hanging off the wall, along with a broken socket with live 400 volt cabling coiled on the floor.

The company of Unit 1A Milner Road, Chilton Industrial Estate, Subdury was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,930 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching regulation 4 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Saffron Turnell said: "Employers have a duty to ensure the workplace is a safe environment and this must include electrical installations, whether or not the work carried out at their premises directly involves electricity."

This latest prosecution comes after the HSE opened a six week consultation ahead of changes to chemicals legislation.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801518265-ADNFCR


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