HSENI call for caution when working near power cables

The Health and Safety executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has renewed its call for strict controls to be put in place by contractors when working under live overhead power cables.

The latest call follows the tragic death of a young construction worker on the M1 motorway on December 15. The accident occurred during the removal of temporary vehicle crash barriers and involved an excavator and overhead power lines.

Mr Ken Logan, Head of the Construction Sector at HSENI, issued the following message to the construction industry: “The circumstances surrounding the accident are currently under investigation and HSENI cannot comment on this particular case. I can confirm however, that this is the second electrocution that has occurred in the last four weeks as a result of construction activities.

“It is essential that the construction industry reacts immediately and reviews current practices to ensure that this type of accident cannot be repeated. Work near overhead power lines must be pre-planned. Consult with the electricity supply company to arrange diversions, isolation or permit-to-work arrangements. Where work below live overhead lines cannot be avoided, very strict controls are essential. The use of tools or items of equipment that could reach the overhead lines or come close enough to cause flashover must be avoided. The electricity supply company will be able to advise on safe clearance distances.” (GB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

14 May 2021
Power NI Announces Price Increase
Power NI has announced it is to increase its electricity tariff by 6.9%. The changes will come into effect in July and will add 76p a week to a typical household electricity bill.
19 November 2021
Power NI Announce 21.4% Price Hike
Power NI will increase its prices for domestic customers by 21.4% from 01 January 2022, with the typical household bill set to rise by approximately £2.50 a week.
21 June 2021
No Legislative Power To Give NI Carers One-Off Covid Payment
Alliance have said that they are "devastated" over the news that the Health Minister does not have the legislative powers to give a one-off COVID payment to carers here.
03 August 2021
New Supports Announced For NI's Construction Industry
New supports have been announced to help government contractors with "the rising costs of raw materials" has been announced by Finance Minister, Conor Murphy.
04 December 2020
New £40m College Campus 'Significant Boost To Economy'
The development of a new £40 million campus for the Northern Regional College (NRC) has been welcomed as a "significant boost to the economy at a very challenging time". The Economy Minister Diane Dodds was speaking following the appointment of Heron Bros as the lead contractor to build the new NRC Coleraine campus.