Safe Work Near Overhead Lines AIAC 10 th December 2008. Bill Bates DMS CEng FIEE FIET HM Principal Electrical Inspector Health & Safety Executive. Safe work near overhead lines. Incident Analysis Safe Working Near Overhead Lines Innovation Prevention Initiative.
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Bill Bates DMS CEng FIEE FIETHM Principal Electrical InspectorHealth & Safety Executive
Safe Working Near Overhead Lines
Published Date: 24 September 2008
By Tara Dundon
TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill on the busy A1073 road near Peterborough yesterday (23 September) after a tractor hit an electricity pylon.
Police closed the road fearing that overhead power cables might fall across the carriageways.Homes in the area were without power for about five hours.The incident occurred on the A1073, half a mile north of Mason's Bridge near Eye Green at 3pm yesterday.Hundreds of motorists and lorry drivers faced lengthy delays while emergency services secured the cables, which were hanging dangerously low over the road.The road was reopened at about 6pm after police and Highways Agency officials cut the power cable and removed it from the road.However, the road was then closed again at around 9pm to allow electricity board EDF energy to repair the cable.
STOPPING TRAFFIC: The A1073 near Peterborough was shut after a tractor brought down power lines. Picture: ALAN STORER
- Injuries & Near Misses
There is a significant probability of death or injury arising from contact with overhead power lines
Know what to do in the case of an incident:
Numbers and ownership information should be on substations, poles and towers:
EDF Energy East - 0800 7838838
Scottish and Southern Energy – 08000 727282
National Grid – 0800 777770
Central Networks East – 0800 0568090
Reduce incidents and eliminate injuries by
be harmed and how
and decide whether
adequate or whether
more should be done
revise it if necessary
Where there is significant risk: