Electrical safety in construction

The law says you must take precautions against the risk of death or injury from electricity. Electrical equipment must be safe, and properly maintained. Only in exceptional circumstances should work be carried out on live systems, and then only by a competent authorised person.

  • Electrical systems in buildings - Refurbishment work in buildings presents the greatest risk and must be planned, managed and monitored to ensure that workers are not exposed to risk from electricity.
  • Overhead power lines - Any work near electric overhead power lines must be carefully planned and carried out to avoid danger from accidental contact or close proximity to the lines.
  • Underground cables - Damage to underground electrical cables can cause fatal or severe injury you must take precautions to avoid danger. These precautions include a safe system of work based on planning, use of plans, cable locating devices and safe digging practices.

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