I work as a test engineer for a UK based company making distribution transformers, we make up to 4mva @ 33kv. The test department is a small one comprising of 4 engineers, and we have always worked in pairs, with one engineer controlling the test and the other acting as an observer / safetyman / spare brain.
We've recently had a change of MD (he's from a non electrical background) and as far as he is concerned "the guy who isn't testing, isn't doing anything" and he'd like to make two of us redundant and move to "one man testing".
What I'm after is any ammunition I can use to argue against him.
I've searched the net for health and safety information but I can't find anything that specifically outlaws the practise of a solitary engineer using high voltages, though it doesn't seem to be best practise as several companies disallow it in their own internal procedures.
Does anyone know of any rules or regulations currently in place or upcoming that disallow the practise? (Preferably uk or European regs), or of any companies that have been found to be liable for any accidents involving solitary engineers in similar circumstances?