Container deliverer sentenced after member of the public contacts live power line

A partner in a container supply business has been sentenced after a member of the public received an electric shock when helping with the delivery of a container.

Swansea Crown Court heard that on 2 October 2016, Meirion G Williams made contact with an 11KV overhead power line with the crane arm of the vehicle he was using to deliver a storage container in Gorslas, Ammanford. This resulted in a 67-year-old member of the public who was assisting Williams suffering an electric shock.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Williams had failed to carry out an assessment of the area and consider the risks present to determine an appropriate method of delivering the container.

Meirion G Williams of Llandybie, Ammanford pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months and 240 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the injured person of £4,000, plus costs of £8,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Anne Marie Orrells said “Risks from delivering and lifting near overhead power lines are well known. This injury could have been easily avoided if a proper assessment of the area was carried out considering the risks present.

“Individuals and companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate action against those that fall below the required standards.”