09/18/2006

Guidance leaflet for Network Operator arboricultural activities

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a new safety
leaflet - Electrical utility arboriculture - for the benefit of Network
Operators or those working on their behalf near energised power lines.

This leaflet covers the safe working practices to be followed by those working
specifically for and on behalf of Network Operators (NOs) undertaking routine
and emergency tree-work operations near energised and de-energised overhead
power lines. It covers planning, risk assessment, emergency procedures, zoning,
de-energising and underground cables.

The main hazards involved unclude


  • Contact with overhead power lines causes fatal injuries or severe electric
    shock and burns.
  • Striking underground cables frequently leads to burn injuries from the
    resulting ‘explosion' and may also result in electric shock if contact is
    made with live conductors.
  • All work at height creates the risk of serious injury from falls and needs to
    be properly planned, organised and carried out by competent workers.

Therefor any person undertaking this work must be authorised by the local NO to
carry out such work and should follow the Safety Rules enforced by the local NO.

More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive