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Electricity safety film nominated for award at prestigious international festival

17 June 2021

A public safety film created by Energy Networks Association has been nominated for an award at the prestigious International Media Festival for Prevention.


‘The Accident – Look out Look up’ communicates a clear safety message to people whose activities could bring them close to overhead lines and underground cables. The hard-hitting video shows the impact, not only of how an incident can take place and the impact on those involved, but also on the families of the victims.

The short film has been nominated in the Prevention 2021 “Short cuts” category which features short films which convey very important and clear messages in just a couple of minutes.

Energy Networks Association is committed to reducing the number of injuries caused to members of the public coming into contact with the electricity and gas networks. Sadly, this can result in serious injuries and even fatalities, especially those incidents involving contact with overhead power lines.

Overhead power lines criss-cross the country. Often unnoticed, they are essential to powering cities, towns, villages and rural communities. They carry voltages ranging from 230V (domestic voltage) up to 400,000kV. Even domestic voltage can be fatal.

While the energy networks are designed to keep people safe, on average two people are killed while others endure life-changing injuries every year in the UK when equipment or machinery comes into contact or close proximity to overhead power lines.

David Spillett, Head of Safety, Health and Environment at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s gas and electricity network operators said:

“Keeping people safe around the energy networks is at the heart of everything we do and I am delighted that our safety video has been shortlisted at the International Media Festival for Prevention awards.

“This is the culmination of a lot hard work from Energy Networks Association’s Public Safety Committee who have come up with a hard-hitting, powerful way of raising awareness of the dangers of working around overhead powerlines.

“Fatalities and injuries are preventable which is why our ‘Look out Look up’ campaign is so important."

Notes to editor

The video has been shortlisted at the International Media Festival for Prevention, which is an integral part of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2021. The Media Festival offers an overview of films and multimedia productions about safety and health at work from all over the world. ‘The Accident – Look out Look up’ has been shortlisted by an international jury with the winner being announced in September 2021.

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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