UK Power Networks has launched its Be Bright Stay Safe campaign which calls on associations, businesses and individuals to follow safety advice, in a bid to reduce the number of electrical network incidents that take place on our network each year.

Be Bright Stay Safe seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of the risks of the distribution network,
  • Increase understanding of how to work safer around the network,
  • Motivate people who work around or may come into contact with the distribution network to adopt safe behaviours,
  • Promote partnership working to share, encourage and promote positive safety conversations – a call to action,
  • Reduce the number of incidents associated with the electricity network,
  • Support and endorse ‘Everyone has the right to go home safe after a day’s work’.

We are committed to the safety of our staff and customers. Coming into contact with the electricity network results in serious injuries or even fatalities. This has a far reaching and devastating effect on family, friends and colleagues.

Our campaign aims to support safe working, promote safe behaviours and encourage the sharing of information and knowledge and highlight the real risks of coming into contact with electricity.

Please support our pledge to Be Bright Stay Safe

Click the image below to download our Pledge and make a real commitment to safety. Let everyone know that you support safety, encourage positive behaviours and will raise awareness among your colleagues.

 Download these leaflets and join the campaign:
Excavation

Underground cables carry a powerful electrical charge which can be conducted through machinery and equipment with fatal consequences. Anyone working close to live underground cables should take the time to read this simple leaflet and identify the precautions they should be taking.


Farming

You could be at risk when:

  • Using farm machinery such as combine harvesters, tractors and telehandlers
  • Loading or unloading vehicles
  • Using long objects such as irrigation pipes and ladders
  • Stacking materials
  • Using lorries, wagons or tipper trailers
  • Working in poor visibility

Overhead Lines

Overhead electricity power lines run across the countryside, supplying local communities with power. The wires can be on wooden poles as well as metal pylons and carry voltages from 230 volts (domestic supply) up to 400,000 volts. Depending on the voltage the wire will be at different heights above the ground.


Trade

Low voltage electricity service cables enter properties from underground or at roof level. These cables are not always visible. They can be hidden or out of sight. Under floorboards, behind cavity walls, painted over, in ceilings or behind cladding.

Watch our trade safety animation

Fishing

You could be at risk when:

  • Using fishing equipment such as fishing rods and their lines. Almost all material can conduct electricity.
  • Unpacking and packing away equipment – unpack, set up and put away your fishing rod at the water’s edge after you have completed your safety checks.
  • Fishing in low light conditions – overhead power lines can be very difficult to see in low light conditions, especially at night.

 


Haulage

Plan your work so it avoids high risk areas. You should manage the risks if you intend to work within a distance of 10m. Contact UK Power Networks for advice on shrouding or disconnections before starting work.