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Pacestone fined for cable accident

Pacestone Construction has been prosecuted after one of its workers suffered severe burns and had to be airlifted to hospital.

The employee was using a pneumatic drill to dig a trench at a Taylor Wimpey housing development at Westminster Place in Rushall, Walsall, when he hit a cable under the pavement.

Walsall Magistrates’ Court heard how he suffered severe burns and had to be swiftly airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham for emergency treatment.

Health and Safety Executive investigators found Pacestone Construction had failed to sufficiently protect its employees from underground cables and the worker was unaware of where they were on the site.

The Solihull-based firm was fined £13,000 for the incident, which occured on August 13, 2009.

Pacestone Construction, from Freda House, Oak Farm, Catherine De Barnes in the West Midlands, admitted breaching Regulation 34(3) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The company was ordered to pay £3,870 in legal costs along with the fine.

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