Safety tips for underground lines
In recent years KEDS has been continuously investing in underground lines. In order to inform different operators with safety tips when working on or near underground power lines, in the following are some recommendations:
- Provide a map of the underground cables in that area before starting any excavation work. Remember that some cables may not appear on maps. If you need to do urgent work, dig as if you are aware that there are energized cables nearby;
- Use a cable tracker to determine the position of existing cables in the work area. Positions should be recorded and tests done as ongoing work. If in doubt, get advice from your supervisor;
- Ask for the cable to be disconnected from electricity if it is placed in concrete;
- Be careful of cable markings when working. Put up signs that can be exposed;
- Notify our company if accidental cable damage occurs;
- Before you start demolishing a building make sure that all cables are disconnected and electricity is stopped;
- Do not use a bulldozer or excavator unless you are sure that there are no cables located in the work area;
- Remember that a damaged cable can cause extensive loss of supplies, or the necessity of expensive repair and cause serious or even fatal injuries.
- There are four damages/injuries that electricity can cause if it comes in contact with it: Fatal, electric shock, burn or fall. These types of injuries can occur in different forms. To understand each of them, we bring you some examples: Direct contact with energy-exposed conductors. When electricity travels through our body, it can interfere with electrical signals.