Another major cause of accidents has been the inadvertent striking of buried power lines during excavation work. Many of these incidents involve the construction, maintenance of, or alterations to, buildings.

More information about working near underground services can be found in the guide Avoiding danger from underground services

Failure to use a cable locator

No plans

Site rules not enforced

Inadequate training

Plans not used

Unsafe system of work

Updated 2023-01-09