Electrical accidents double as work resumes
Data from UK Power Networks shows that electrical accidents on construction sites have more than doubled between April and May, the period when the sector began to return to work as coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased.
UKPN has warned construction firms to stay safe and avoid working too closely around live services, in particular when working on small house builds, excavation work or extensions. The body also warned of the electrical risks of using diggers, lifting equipment, pneumatic drills and hand tools.
Peter Vujanic, head of safety at UK Power Networks, said to Construction Manager, “Working near these networks, whether they be underground cables, overhead lines or electricity substations can place employers and employees at risk of serious injury if the inherent risks are not properly considered.
“We want those working in the construction industry to be aware of the potential risks.”