A London-based building company has been charged after a labourer sustained life-threatening burn injuries in an explosion.
Dray Building Ltd, of Dephna House on North Acton Road, was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay a further £9,882 in costs after admitting a breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
Vlatko Milenkov, a 31-year-old agency worker from Finchley, was among a team hired by Dray Building Ltd to strip out a property in Westminster prior to refurbishment.
He was using a tool, known as a breaker, to drill and lever electrical equipment from a basement wall when he severed a 415-volt electrical cable, unaware that is was still live.
The cable, which came into the building from the street outside and ended at a cut-off box, was the only live one left on site.
Mr Milenkov suffered severe and extensive burns to his limbs, body and face in the incident on 1 August 2012.
He was in an induced coma in intensive care for two weeks following the explosion and remained in hospital for several more and still experiences long-term psychological problems and persistent pain.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive concluded that Dray Building Ltd failed to provide suitable signage highlighting the live cable.
They also found that the company failed to provide barriers around the work equipment for other suitable safety measures.
Burn injuries can be extremely traumatic. Victims should therefore seek compensation to cover medical costs and loss of earnings.
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Compensation will vary depending on the type and severity of the injury.