28 October 2013
Xmo Strata Site Engineer Gary Green, about to valet a fuel forecourt in Staffordshire, found high voltage overhead cables less than three feet from the price sign.
He spotted the hazard during a Last Minute Risk AssessmentDocument assessing risks and documenting control measures needed to do a task., aborted the work and posted warnings on the company’s XmoMan management information system.
Records show the sign was originally installed by Xmo Strata, which requested the cables be sheathed by the electricity company … but apparently, the sheathing was subsequently removed.
“A jet wash stream hitting high voltage cables provides a track right back to the earth – in this case, it would have gone directly through the jet wash wand Gary was holding,” said Xmo Strata Managing Director Steve Martin.
“It’s a particular hazard for cherry pickers, and because of the risk of arcing, it isn’t even necessary to touch the cables – mere proximity could be enough. I hope it serves as a reminder to everyone about hazards of this type.”
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