A teenage employee of a Derby hotel received a potentially life-threatening shock while he was working with a dishwasher. The 16-year-old was operating a machine that had previously been reported as being faulty. Health and safety inspectors were called in to analyse the circumstances surrounding the hotel electric shock. Their analysis exposed that the potential hazards of using this machinery had been flagged up in the past, but no one had taken on the responsibility of addressing the issues. After reporting their findings to Derby Magistrates Court, a fine of £30,000 was imposed on the hotel owners, Ridgesilver Ltd.
The health officials reported that staff had complained about the dishwasher 11 times. These incidents had all been dutifully recorded in the maintenance log. This made the wilful ignoring of the dangerous apparatus even more poignant. The various industrial safety breaches taken into account by the court included the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. All employers have a duty of care to everyone on their payroll, and in the case of hotels, to customers.
How should this have been prevented?
This hotel electric shock is a typical example of the type of incident that health and safety legislation is set out to prevent happening. Whenever workers are using equipment that is potentially hazardous, there should be clear guidelines about safe usage. Management are responsible for ensuring risk assessment procedures are undertaken to outline every aspect of any environment where employees should be made aware of danger. It is particularly important to apply this to electrical machinery. Any apparatus with moving parts can cause harm, but when this is wired to the mains it must be treated with particular care.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown