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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 87

Date:- 21 February 2003

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Report with thanks to the HSE.

KYE Ltd, of Lowestoft, were fined £3,000 at Lowestoft Magistrates Court on Thursday 13 February 2003 following an accident in which their site electrician sustained serious thermal burns.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 following the accident. 

William Dawes, aged 63, of Lowestoft, sustained burns to his face and right arm when testing a welding set. A cable within a switch fuse failed when the electrician attempted to energise the circuit, resulting in a short circuit and electrical flashover. The Health and Safety Executive inspector who investigated found that the company did not have in place a preventative maintenance pr

us injury. There are well-established measures to reduce risk, and HSE and others provide a wealth of information to help employers implement them.”

“This case highlights the importance of carrying out preventative maintenance. Had an “inspect and test” been carried out by a competent electrical contractor the deterioration could have been identified, and the injury prevented. It is also very important that employers assess the suitability of their electrical test equipment.”

“I would encourage employers to take a fresh look at their workplaces and existing electrical procedures to see if they can make them safer.”

KYE Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 in that electrical systems under the company’s control were not maintained to prevent danger, and of Regulation 7 in that electrical systems under the company’s control were not suitably covered with insulating material. The company was ordered to pay full costs of £1,223.98

(Live at the Brewery, Berry Street, Liverpool)
Report & Photographs by Dominic Bonner.

THERE are few times when a band can be seen on the verge of something so big that even they do not know how far it will go. But this band has a destiny of a something that lies far beyond their experience and their charisma.

This four-piece quartet from Aigburth holds the equivalent of the Midas touch with their music. And with such a strong set of songs, it is easy to see why. Their music power at the Brewery on February 19 was nothing short of a show that is the next hot tip from Liverpool to make it big.

Musically, the similarities to some indie/pop bands and Supersonic could be heard. But the sheer professional manner of this band easily lured away any comparisons and literally seduced by nature of their set. Two such examples on the night were songs such as ‘Cactus’ and ‘Short assistance’, which already show enough quality to appear on an album. Indeed the strength and depth of these songs alone gives enough reason to see why their fan base is intense. Even if there is evidence that lessons learned from the likes of the Verve, it is very easy to forgive the tinge of a replicated formula that leads to stardom.

A promise about this band that almost puts a former shining band ‘Divide’ into the shade is given the light that their new recording is soon to be on the shelves of the nearest record store. It is very clear that the forthcoming gig from Supersonic at the Picket on March 29 will set the road that will lead to something beyond their own measure of success.

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