Electric shock kills Blackburn worker

Jason Haslem with his wife, Jessica

Jason Haslem with his wife, Jessica

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A MARRIED dad-of-two has died after he was electrocuted at a primary school.

Gas engineer Jason Haslem, who worked for Blackburn firm Acme Refrigeration, was refurbishing an industrial cooker when he suffered an electric shock and never regained consciousness.

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The Health and Safety Executive said it was likely to visit Acme’s headquarters today after it launched a joint investigation alongside police into the 24-year-old’s death.

Mr Haslem, who married his wife Jessica in March last year, worked out of the firm’s site in Philips Road, on the Whitebirk Industrial Estate.

The company described Mr Haslem’s death as ‘a tragic incident’.

Mr Haslem was working at Fir Bank Primary School in Royton, near Oldham, while pupils and staff were still off for the summer holidays.

Police said Mr Haslem was repairing an industrial cooker at the time of his death.

Acme, which officially rebranded as The Acme Facilities Group Limited yesterday, said: “It is with enormous sadness that we confirm the death of one of our employees, Jason Haslem.

“This is clearly a tragic incident for everyone at ACME Facilities Group Limited and for everyone who knew Jason but, above all, our thoughts and profound condolences are with Jason's wife and family.

“Our priority now is to support them, and Jason's colleagues, at what is an extremely difficult time.

“It is very important that the circumstances surrounding the incident are thoroughly investigated and we will of course continue to provide all necessary assistance to the authorities involved in that process.

“It would be wrong to say anything else whilst that investigation takes place.”

Mr Haslem, from Penwortham, near Preston, is survived by two young sons - George and Toby. His wife, Jessica, is expecting another child next year.

Hazel MacKay, head teacher at Fir Bank Primary School, in Grasmere Road school, said the work was being undertaken to refurbish the school’s kitchen.

She said: “Our thoughts are with this man’s family at this time and we offer our deepest condolences.

“The school was closed at the time this incident occurred due to the holidays. This matter is now being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive and we will co-operate fully with them.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester police said: “At 4.45pm on Thursday, August 28, police were called to Fir Bank Primary School following reports a man had been injured in an industrial accident.

“Officers arrived and discovered a 24-year-old man had been hurt and was unconscious. Paramedics tried to revive him but the man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“At this stage, it would appear to be a tragic accident and a joint investigation is underway between Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish the exact circumstances leading up to this man's death.”

A spokesman for the HSE said: “We are aware that an electrician died after suffering an electric shock. The police are looking at it and if they decide there is no case for corporate manslaughter then they will hand it over to us.”

Details of Mr Haslem’s death will not be passed to the coroner for the District of Manchester North, Simon Nelson, until the police’s initial report is completed.

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9:47am Tue 2 Sep 14

lailahlulu12 says...

How tragic can't even imagine the pain his family are going though. Thoughts are with you.
How tragic can't even imagine the pain his family are going though. Thoughts are with you. lailahlulu12
  • Score: 67

10:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

superdad1 says...

What a tragic incident to such a young man only doing a days work, my sincere condolences to the family R.I.P
What a tragic incident to such a young man only doing a days work, my sincere condolences to the family R.I.P superdad1
  • Score: 55

10:42am Tue 2 Sep 14

jussy1307 says...

Truly awful incident rip jason...
Truly awful incident rip jason... jussy1307
  • Score: 49

3:04pm Tue 2 Sep 14

joinerpat says...

My condolences to Jason's family R.I.P. young man.
My condolences to Jason's family R.I.P. young man. joinerpat
  • Score: 22

3:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

BRFC195 says...

Rip , thought are with this young lads family and unborn child's so tragic , we think of firemen , soldiers risking there life's for us but people working with gas put there lives at risk everyday to be able to provide us with a utility we use everyday and take for granted often with gas engineers putting there life's at risk , god bless rip xxx
Rip , thought are with this young lads family and unborn child's so tragic , we think of firemen , soldiers risking there life's for us but people working with gas put there lives at risk everyday to be able to provide us with a utility we use everyday and take for granted often with gas engineers putting there life's at risk , god bless rip xxx BRFC195
  • Score: 30

6:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

M Foster says...

How sad - so sorry to learn of this. Deepest condolences.
How sad - so sorry to learn of this. Deepest condolences. M Foster
  • Score: 16

6:39pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mr_fruitloop says...

What a terrible thing to happen, thoughts with his family who must be devastated. RIP young man.
What a terrible thing to happen, thoughts with his family who must be devastated. RIP young man. mr_fruitloop
  • Score: 13

6:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

displayed says...

Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines! displayed
  • Score: -45

7:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

llos25 says...

displayed wrote:
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
Uncaring idiot
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines![/p][/quote]Uncaring idiot llos25
  • Score: 22

7:48pm Tue 2 Sep 14

John05 says...

displayed wrote:
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
They make every effort to ensure the site they're working on is safe because, obviously, they don't want to be killed. That's why an investigation is taking place. I think you need to leave it to the police and the Health and Safety Executive to work out what went wrong rather than jumping to your own conclusions.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines![/p][/quote]They make every effort to ensure the site they're working on is safe because, obviously, they don't want to be killed. That's why an investigation is taking place. I think you need to leave it to the police and the Health and Safety Executive to work out what went wrong rather than jumping to your own conclusions. John05
  • Score: 31

7:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

sen c b l says...

llos25 wrote:
displayed wrote:
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
Uncaring idiot
The Health and Safety officers will investigate this trajic accident and the reasons as to why this equipment which would have been no doubt a three-face feed resulted in a loss of life. Trajic it may well have been but now it is the duty of the relevant authorities to determine and present a report and so it does not occur again and yes one theory will be, during maintenance was it live!
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines![/p][/quote]Uncaring idiot[/p][/quote]The Health and Safety officers will investigate this trajic accident and the reasons as to why this equipment which would have been no doubt a three-face feed resulted in a loss of life. Trajic it may well have been but now it is the duty of the relevant authorities to determine and present a report and so it does not occur again and yes one theory will be, during maintenance was it live! sen c b l
  • Score: 16

8:14pm Tue 2 Sep 14

annmarshall says...

rip young man thoughts go out to his family friends and colleagues at this tragic time
rip young man thoughts go out to his family friends and colleagues at this tragic time annmarshall
  • Score: 14

9:51pm Tue 2 Sep 14

blackburne67 says...

llos25 wrote:
displayed wrote:
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
Uncaring idiot
Yup a very insensitive nasty unnessary comment indeed!
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines![/p][/quote]Uncaring idiot[/p][/quote]Yup a very insensitive nasty unnessary comment indeed! blackburne67
  • Score: 12

9:54pm Tue 2 Sep 14

blackburne67 says...

Yup a very insensitive nasty unnessary comment indeed! Poor bloke so young as well.So sad & my heart goes out to his family. Xxx
Yup a very insensitive nasty unnessary comment indeed! Poor bloke so young as well.So sad & my heart goes out to his family. Xxx blackburne67
  • Score: 6

6:57am Wed 3 Sep 14

tosh103 says...

displayed wrote:
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
TROLL,! Hiding behind the internet! You wouldn't say that to his families face so why put it here for them to read? I am sure this time is hard enough for them with out a moron like you making nasty comments!

If you have nothing good to say, say nothing.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines![/p][/quote]TROLL,! Hiding behind the internet! You wouldn't say that to his families face so why put it here for them to read? I am sure this time is hard enough for them with out a moron like you making nasty comments! If you have nothing good to say, say nothing. tosh103
  • Score: 10

8:49am Wed 3 Sep 14

Rovers.1875 says...

tosh103 wrote:
displayed wrote:
Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines!
TROLL,! Hiding behind the internet! You wouldn't say that to his families face so why put it here for them to read? I am sure this time is hard enough for them with out a moron like you making nasty comments!

If you have nothing good to say, say nothing.
Exactly! Could quite well have turned the power off himself, only for some other person to turn it back on without being aware of the consequences!!
[quote][p][bold]tosh103[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Dont technicians turn off the power when working on industrial machines![/p][/quote]TROLL,! Hiding behind the internet! You wouldn't say that to his families face so why put it here for them to read? I am sure this time is hard enough for them with out a moron like you making nasty comments! If you have nothing good to say, say nothing.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Could quite well have turned the power off himself, only for some other person to turn it back on without being aware of the consequences!! Rovers.1875
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Jack Wallhurst says...

The tragic thing is that the poor guy could probably have been revived by someone with basic CPR training. All workers should receive training as part of their site ticketing. St. John's Ambulance showed me in the 60s and happily many years later used it successfully in a similar situation to this.
The tragic thing is that the poor guy could probably have been revived by someone with basic CPR training. All workers should receive training as part of their site ticketing. St. John's Ambulance showed me in the 60s and happily many years later used it successfully in a similar situation to this. Jack Wallhurst
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Wed 3 Sep 14

elsie-mary says...

what a tragic waste of a young life , hope this family find the strength and courage to get through this awful time .
what a tragic waste of a young life , hope this family find the strength and courage to get through this awful time . elsie-mary
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Wed 3 Sep 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Jack Wallhurst wrote:
The tragic thing is that the poor guy could probably have been revived by someone with basic CPR training. All workers should receive training as part of their site ticketing. St. John's Ambulance showed me in the 60s and happily many years later used it successfully in a similar situation to this.
Who said anyone else was there? Highly likely no one was there. Something strange has happened to be killed doing this job.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Wallhurst[/bold] wrote: The tragic thing is that the poor guy could probably have been revived by someone with basic CPR training. All workers should receive training as part of their site ticketing. St. John's Ambulance showed me in the 60s and happily many years later used it successfully in a similar situation to this.[/p][/quote]Who said anyone else was there? Highly likely no one was there. Something strange has happened to be killed doing this job. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: -1
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