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Don’t come unstuck – hauliers urged

Accidental contact with overhead power lines can result in serious injury or even death, and today drivers of high vehicles are being urged to ‘Work Safe – Think Electricity’.

From Press releases - 13 July 2016 12:00 AM

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Accidental contact with overhead power lines can result in serious injury or even death, and today drivers of high vehicles are being urged to ‘Work Safe – Think Electricity’.

UK Power Networks’ education and engagement team are offering free printable safety leaflets and stickers to display in vehicle cabs.

Public safety expert Ros Forbes, from the company which delivers electricity supplies to the East, South East (and London, where most of the electricity network is underground), said remembering some simple guidelines could save your life.

She said: “If there are overhead power lines close to where you’re working, my best advice is to stay well away. If a machine touches or gets too close to an overhead wire, then electricity will be conducted to earth. You do not need to touch an overhead wire, as electricity can also jump gaps. Any contact may be fatal or cause very serious injuries.

“Before you set up or use plant near to lines stop and look up – check for overhead power lines. You should treat all overhead lines as live, so set up your equipment with care to reduce the chance of contact and please remember that overhead powerlines are more difficult to spot in dark or poor light conditions.”

There are over 65,000km of high voltage overhead lines across the East and South East of England.  If you are in any doubt, please call UK Power Networks for advice on 0845 601 4516  before setting up your equipment or starting work, or see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk 

For free, printable safely leaflets and to request ‘Look Up, Look Out’ stickers go to www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/safety/

More important advice on safe working can also be found on the HSE website -
Avoidance of Danger from Overhead Lines GS6 - http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/gs6.htm
Avoiding Danger from Underground Services HS(G) 47 -http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg47.htm