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Essex power worker is driving force in new overhead lines safety film

An Essex power worker stars in a new national safety film about overhead power lines.

From Press releases - 6 August 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks led on the production of the video for industry body the Energy Networks Association (ENA) which included a leading role for grab driver Scott Harrington from Basildon.

The safety video, which can be viewed at
shows how overhead lines can be lethal. On average somebody is killed or injured by contact with them every month in the UK.

The advice to the construction and haulage industry is always to look out and look up for overhead lines as contact with high voltage electrical equipment can be fatal.

Scott, 35, who helps to maintain reliable power supplies for homes and businesses in the East of England, said: “When I was first approached about taking part in this film there was a mix of excitement and fear. It’s something a long way out of my comfort zone, but equally is so close to home that I felt had to do it.”

In the film he plays the part of a lorry driver working for Grab and Co delivering sand to a location in the Essex countryside when tragedy strikes. Scott said: “We all go to work every day knowing the dangers are out there, but we take them for granted because we know our jobs and know how to do it in a way that we all go home to our families.

“It only takes a single moment to become distracted that can cause a chain of events that you can never undo. That one moment could destroy you, your family and colleagues, everything you have built up will be gone.

“In the film I play a character named Luke, a husband and father, who is with a colleague delivering materials to site.

“Both characters in the film become distracted and my loader crane touches an overhead cable line so I had to act out the current shooting through my body and being killed instantly.

“If this film can save one person from injury or death and make people more aware of the dangers then it would have been a success. This has been a great experience for me and brilliant opportunity to be involved in spreading this safety message.”

Peter Vujanic, head of health and safety for UK Power Networks and chair of the Public Safety Committee at the ENA, said: “I am really proud of the fact we have led on this cross-industry collaboration to produce this highly impactful film which is aimed at the construction and haulage sectors.

“People miss overhead lines for various reasons, which include complacency, distractions, rushing and poor perception of the risk.

“As an industry we recognise that far too many people have been hurt or killed working in close proximity to overhead lines, staying safe is central to our culture at UK Power Networks so to have a member of our workforce feature prominently in this video was important to us.

“We urge all businesses and organisations which operate where there are overhead power lines, to sign up to our Be Bright, Stay Safe pledge which reminds people to Look Out and Look Up.”