An electrician who suffered a massive electric shock while working on a prestigious London development is still in hospital, six months after the incident.
George White, 27, suffered 45% burns after being electrocuted while working on the new Goldman Sachs headquarters – a £350 million development in Holborn Viaduct.
Mr White was put into a medically-induced coma for several weeks after being “set on fire” while removing a section of cable from a panel in in July 2016.
The former part-time model is still recovering from the incident at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead – a centre for specialist reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard from his hospital bed, Mr White said: “The pain was so bad after the electric shock I thought I’d die. I’m so grateful to the doctors who helped me.”
Mr White, who is from East London, has been forced to give up his electrician job and part-time job as a model for an agency that specialises in “character models”.
Risk assessments complete
The Standard reports that there were adequate risk assessments in place and that the electrical charge had been turned off when Mr White was electrocuted.
However, when he reached for the cable while carrying out his work, an electric current surged through his body.
He told the newspaper: “I remember seeing a flash and electricity coming out of my leg. It set me on fire. I sat on the floor breathing out black smoke, as my insides had been burnt. My arms were grey and my hands were burned to a crisp.”
The Standard has highlighted that there is “no suggestion Goldman Sachs or Mr White’s employer Wingate Electrical PLC were at fault for the accident”.
Source: The London Evening Standard
Date Published: February 9, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown