We're committed to reducing the number of injuries caused by people coming into contact with the electricity and gas networks.
Health and safety is a core consideration for the energy networks. This means the health and safety of the public we serve and the workforce that maintains and operates the networks. We are guided by a will to learn from the past to ensure our members are equipped for the future.
Our Public Safety Committee, which brings together experts from each of our members, has concentrated on reaching people whose activities, through work or leisure, could bring them close to overhead lines or underground cables.
For the 45,000 people who work in our industry, we’ve launched Powering Improvement, the industry’s plan to be a world leader in safety, in partnership with Energy UK. We also work with trades unions, our members, HSE and other experts to produce safety-related materials and raise awareness and work to resolve common concerns and issues.
We've also produced a series of public safety leaflets and cab stickers through extensive consultation with member organisations and key stakeholders including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The leaflets contain safety advice to members of the general public and industry workers who may come into close proximity or contact with networks assets. The stickers can be printed and displayed in plant cabs, such as tractors, tippers and HIAB vehicles. The suite of leaflets and stickers can be found in the Resource library.
Our safety campaigns
We run safety campaigns every year, specifically targeting people and industries most at risk.
Look Out, Look Up!
On average, one farm worker dies each year as a result of contact with an overhead power line. In the last five years, there were 1,140 near-miss incidents involving machinery and overhead power lines where serious injury or death was a possibility.
In response to the scale of such incidents, Energy Networks Association and GB’s electricity network operators have joined forces to launch Look Out Look Up! – the key objectives are to:
- Raise awareness of the risks of overhead power lines
- Increase understanding of how to deal with them safely
- Motivate people who may come into contact with power lines to adopt safe behaviours
- Encourage people to recognise 105 as the national number for power emergencies across the UK
Watch Out, Cables About!
People die each year due to accidentally striking underground cables in the ground, whilst others suffer life changing injury with the lives of families also suffering as a result. The risk of danger can be considerably reduced by following some simple safety tips.
Angling is generally safe but serious or fatal injuries have come from contacting overhead electric power lines. Longer carbon fibre fishing poles have been a factor in some of these incidents. Types of incidents reported include burns, major injuries and deaths.
Inspections suggest many more minor or near miss incidents are not reported so not included in accident figures. In recent years, numbers of incidents have been reduced, mainly by campaigns supported by the electricity industry, angling groups, landowners and the tackle trade.
But still, every year, fishing line is found hanging from overhead electric power lines with no report of incident or injury.