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Workers hurt in University explosion not wearing PPEPosted on 13/07/2006

The University of St Andrews and a construction contractor have both been fined for breaching health & safety regulations after two workers were hurt in an explosion.

Contractors DH Morris was fined £10,000 and the University of St Andrews £5,000 after an explosion equivalent to 20,000 single-bar electric heaters occurred during live testing of electrical installations.

Two electricians employed by DH Morris were hurt in the explosion, suffering burns on their faces and upper body, largely because they had not been issued with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as insulating gloves, mask and full body protection.

Cupar Sheriff Court herd that the explosion was caused by the use of inappropriate probes the contractors used, inadvertently bridging to a live terminal and causing a short circuit.

The University of St Andrews admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act following the incident at the Purdie Building on February 2nd.

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