Accrington guitarist survives electric shocker
A GUITARIST said he felt ‘lucky to be alive’ after an electric shock threw him across the room during a pub gig.
Colin Benmore, 49, who has played guitar in band The Itch for more than 20 years, was kept in Blackburn Royal Infirmary overnight on Saturday with his injuries.
Colin, from Accrington said: “I grabbed the mic to adjust it, while still holding my guitar.
“Next thing I knew, I was thrown across the room.
“I couldn’t loosen my grip on the guitar or the microphone and the pain was unbelievable.
“I really thought I was going to die – and I wasn’t bothered because I just couldn’t stand a second more of the pain.”
It is unclear what caused the electrical malfunction at the Thornton Arms pub in Burnley.
Colin has tested his musical equipment since and said he found no fault.
Burnley Council is investigating the electrics at the Brownside Road pub as a normal course of action.
Pub licensee Andy Jenkins said: “We have our wiring checked every 12 months as part of our licensing agreement and all our electrical certificates are up to date so I don’t think the fault was our own.
“It was quite scary what happened and in future, we are going to take extra precautions when bands are playing live and insist that all musicians test their equipment on the day of the gig.”
Electrician and electrical inspector Barrie Mercer, of Barrie Mercer Electrical Contractors in Accrington said: “He would have had a terrible and very painful shock of 230 volts.
“But where a RCD (residual current device) is fitted and working correctly, there is no risk of death.
“Anywhere that hosts stage performances should be protected by RCD, which protect against electrical faults by tripping the electrics very quickly.
“Any live music venue without RCD would be dangerous and would not be awarded their certificates.”
Colin, who works as a site supervisor at Accrington and Rossendale College, is taking legal advice.
He said: “I think that I am lucky to be alive and I’d like to thank our bass player Steve Horsfield and our singer Russ Lowe, who turned off the sound equipment and my guitar amp. As far as I’m concerned, it was their quick thinking that saved my life.”
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