Over the past two years there has been an upward trend in the number of third party contractors making accidental contact with the network. The number of incidents has nearly doubled in the past year, rising from 89 incidents in 2015 to 170 incidents last year. The leading causes of contact with live powerlines either overhead or underground, were activities involving vehicles, excavation and overhead crane operation. Already in February this year there have been 30 incidents, which equates to more than 1 day.
Of the 170 incidents in 2015, 27 involved the underground network, 122 involved the overhead network and 21 involved tree cutting activity.
“The vast majority of these incidents could have been avoided if people would just not risk it and ‘Take another look’.” Sean Mc Goldrick