17 September 2008
Health trust ordered to pay after worker suffers serious injuries
A health trust has been prosecuted after one of its employees sustained serious injuries, it has been revealed.
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, was fined £8,000 during a recent hearing at Hastings magistrates' court.
It had pleaded guilty to breaching regulations concerning electricity at work and the management of health and safety.
The admission pertained to an incident at Conquest Hospital in which a worker sustained an electric shock while operating a steam cleaner.
As a result of the accident, the staff member involved required surgery and is now unable to use his right hand.
He has also experienced a deterioration of his eyesight, suffers severe headaches and has numbness in his face.
"Hospitals need to assess the risks from all electrical equipment, but particularly equipment that is used in a wet environment and put in place suitable measures ... to protect their employees," stated Health and Safety Executive inspector Liz Smith.
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