25 September 2012
Family to take legal action after fatal accident?
Compensation may be sought by the family of a man who passed away on Christmas Day four years ago following a fatal accident at work.
Ioan Boboc died at the age of 22 during an explosion that occurred while he worked at a construction site in central London for Birse Metro on December 2nd 2008.
Along with several other colleagues, Mr Boboc was using breakers and a shovel at an excavation at the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road when an electric cable transmitting 11,000 volts was damaged.
This resulted in a large explosion that left the construction operative with more than 60 per cent burns and a subsequent investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Birse Metro had been negligent in its preparations for this job.
According to the HSE's analysis, the company failed to inform its employees of the presence of live cables in the excavation site while also taking inadequate safety measures in order to prevent people from coming into contact with the wires.
During a case heard at Southwark Crown Court, the Redhill-based firm pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was therefore ordered to pay a fine of £167,000.
After Birse Metro admitted liability for the incident by breaching regulations, Mr Boboc's family could now opt to pursue civil legal action against the organisation.
Following the hearing, Lisa Chappell, inspector at the HSE, said this case highlights the "absolute necessity" for such dangerous work to be properly planned and managed.
"The dangers associated with live underground cables are well-known to those carrying out groundworks in the construction industry … operatives should be briefed on the presence of cables and a safe system of working should be robustly enforced," the official added.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson