Warning against cable injuries
New research by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) reveals nearly a third (31 per cent) of construction workers fail to check for underground electricity cables when digging on site.
The research says 354 people have suffered life changing injuries after striking a live underground electricity cable in the last five years. Nearly half of all cases (47 per cent) were reported on public highways, construction sites and industrial buildings.
Peter Vujanic, Chair of ENA’s Public Safety Committee said, “It’s extremely concerning to hear that even though construction workers are one of the most at-risk groups of injury involving underground electricity cables, more than one in four fail to check for cables before beginning work. With the proper education and support, these issues can be addressed and, ultimately, lives can be saved.”