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New Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines

Jun 11, 2019

 A new code of practice for avoiding danger from overhead electricity lines is available on the HSA website. This Code of Practice is aimed at those involved in carrying out work where they are at risk from overhead electricity lines. It revokes and replaces the previous Code in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

 The purpose of this COP is to improve the level of safety while working near overhead electricity lines. It provides guidance to assist personnel working near overhead electricity lines to manage risk and avoid dangers from electric shock and electrocution.

ESB Overhead Elecricity Lines

This COP gives recommendations and practical guidance on working safely near overhead lines. The COP primarily covers construction activities such as:

  • working on building and construction sites
  • construction work on farms and in forests
  • constructing and resurfacing roadways and roads
  • constructing railways or navigable waterways
  • using cranes and mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs)
  • using concrete-placing booms and pumps
  • using lorry-mounted cranes and other high-reach plant
  • using tracked and wheeled excavation equipment
  • transporting high loads by road, rail or navigable waterway
  • handling long lengths of material
  • dumping spoil
  • storing, loading and unloading materials

 You can read the code here.

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