Electrocution death a stark warning to companies in high voltage environments

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission has been heavily fined following the electrocution of a worker serves as a grave reminder of the importance of training.

According to Develop Training Ltd (DTL), the UK’s leading training and consultancy specialist, the electricity company was fined £133,000 after Gareth Aitken was killed while working on the Beauly-Dounreay line on 2 August 2012.  
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The firm admitted it had failed to adequately ensure a safe system of work was in place.
Steve Braund, Marketing Manager at DTL, explains: “The news concerning Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission this week really brings home the fact that training is vital in this area to safeguard against such tragic events occurring again.
“We’ve created these seminars to ensure companies are aware of the legislation affecting work in high voltage environments, to showcase both DTL’s training capabilities in this area and illustrate how we are collaborating with City & Guilds to ensure excellent training delivery standards.”
Electricity kills many people every year and severely injures even more. To raise awareness of the associated risks, DTL, in conjunction with City & Guilds, is hosting free to attend Compliance in High Voltage (HV) Disciplines seminars in Derby (6th September), London (28th September), Swindon (11th October) and York (18th October).  
They will cover various topics, including legislative requirements in HV disciplines, HV safety rules and procedures and authorised person field compliance auditing.  
DTL believes that effective training can play a big part in reducing the risks involved in working with high voltage equipment. 

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