Power line in­ci­dents wor­ry­ing NL Hy­dro

The Compass - - OPINION - — Dar­ren Moore is gen­eral man­ager of trans­mis­sion and ru­ral op­er­a­tions for New­found­land and Labrador Hy­dro

At New­found­land and Labrador Hy­dro, our top pri­or­ity is to en­sure the safety of em­ploy­ees, con­trac­tors and the pub­lic. Hy­dro con­tin­ues to raise aware­ness among those who work around power lines to be safe.

In the past sev­eral weeks, there have been five power line con­tacts by con­trac­tors, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of con­tacts this year to 13. This is an ex­tremely alarm­ing trend with life safety con­se­quences.

It is crit­i­cally im­por­tant to un­der­stand that con­tact with power lines is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and can be fatal. We are urg­ing the pub­lic, con­trac­tors and heavy equip­ment op­er­a­tors to take this mes­sage se­ri­ously. There are very easy steps to take to pre­vent a fa­tal­ity:

1. Be aware of the hazards as­so­ci­ated with elec­tric­ity and take the ap­pro­pri­ate pre­cau­tions when work­ing around power lines.

2. Take the time to lo­cate and en­sure ad­e­quate clear­ances from over­head and un­der­ground power lines be­fore be­gin­ning work.

3. Pay com­plete at­ten­tion. All ac­ci­dents can be pre­vented with proper plan­ning and work­site eval­u­a­tion.

4. Call your util­ity. We will work with you to plan a safe route if tow­ing equip­ment or to have power lines de-en­er­gized, bar­ri­caded or moved from a work site if re­quired. Call ei­ther Hy­dro at 1.888.737.1296 or New­found­land Power at 1.800.663.2802 for more in­for­ma­tion.

If th­ese power line con­tacts do not stop, it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one is se­ri­ously in­jured or killed. Please stay safe for you and your fam­i­lies.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about work­ing safely around elec­tri­cal equip­ment can be found on our safety web­site (Hy­droSafety.ca).

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