Borough Council of Wellingborough

Wellingborough company plead guilty to electric shock accident

Published Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Dairy Fresh Dairies Limited pleaded guilty in Wellingborough Magistrates Court on 11 March 2010 to 4 charges under the Health & Safety at Work Act and associated Regulations.

This followed an electric shock accident involving an employee at their depot on the Finedon Road Industrial Estate in Wellingborough in June last year.

The accident involved an employee when they entered the walk in chiller and touched a metal shelf. The employee suffered a severe burn to her hand and was kept in hospital overnight following the accident. She was subsequently off work for 6 days. Following an investigation by Matt O'Donnell, Environmental Health Officer for the Borough Council of Wellingborough, it was evident that the electrical installation to the walk in chiller had not been maintained in a safe condition. The company also failed to report the accident.

The company pleaded guilty to all 4 Health & Safety charges and were fined a total of £8,554.91, including full costs which were awarded to the council.
Amanda Wilcox, Health Protection Manager with the Borough Council said "this accident could easily have been avoided if Dairy Fresh had taken adequate steps to ensure the safety of their equipment. We would urge businesses to make sure they are abiding by health and safety regulations by making sure equipment is maintained in an efficient state, is in good working order and is in good repair."

For more information about this news release please contact Amanda Wilcox, Health Protection Manager, on 01933 231954. awilcox@wellingborough.gov.uk