Conference set to tackle safe working on trees near overhead power lines

Confusion around new guidance on safe working near overhead power lines is to be addressed during a conference aimed at the utility arboriculture sector.

Working near power lines. Image: Connaught
Working near power lines. Image: Connaught

The second dedicated utility arb conference, run by the Arboricultural Association, is being held in July. It will have an extended programme following the success of the inaugural 2009 event.

The event will be increased to two full days. Arboricultural Association utility arb group chairman Paul Hornby said he anticipated a good response.

One of the major topics to be discussed will be guidance note G55/2, Safe Working in Proximity to Overhead Power Lines, produced by the Energy Networks Association. This sets the standards for work and clearances around power lines permitted by the electricity suppliers and distribution companies and impacts on the City & Guilds NPTC training programme, Hornby explained.

"The NPTC utility arb training has had to be drastically revised, so everyone is very confused," he pointed out.

A new NPTC model is being assessed now, added Hornby, and a whole morning will be dedicated to exploring the issues during the conference, which will be held at Bosworth Hall Hotel in Warwickshire on 12-13 July.

Speakers from America and Canada will give an international perspective on utility arb.

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