Electricity cable warning issued for arborists and landscape gardeners

The Education and Engagement Safety Team for UK Power Networks (the Electricity Distribution Network Operator for the South East, London and East Anglia) says it regularly receives safety reports that landscape gardeners and tree surgeons have hit or been working too close to overhead cables.

The team is reminding everyone in the sector that underground and overhead electricity cables carry a powerful electrical charge which can be conducted through machinery, tools and equipment.

"If you work close to live electricity cables, identify the precautions you should be taking, otherwise you could be seriously injured or killed," the team is warning.

It says while the majority of people carrying our these tasks are vigilant and professional, these incidences are still occurring and workers need to be reminded of the dangers of both underground and overhead electricity cables.

The ‘Work Safe. Stay Safe. Think Electricity' safety communication is at Safety Leaflet for Trades People.

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