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Norfolk companies urged to be bright and stay safe around electricity

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 July 2018

The ‘Be Bright Stay Safe’ pledge is about motivating people who work around, or who may come into contact with, the electricity distribution network to adopt safe behaviour. Picture: UK Power Networks

The ‘Be Bright Stay Safe’ pledge is about motivating people who work around, or who may come into contact with, the electricity distribution network to adopt safe behaviour. Picture: UK Power Networks

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Companies in Norfolk are being encouraged to sign up to a new safety pledge designed to reduce the risk of electricity related accidents.

In 2017, there were around 1,800 instances of third party cable damage across areas covered by UK Power Networks, 800 of which (44pc) occurred in the East of England.

Now, to help reduce the number of instances and to prevent accidents the UK’s biggest electricity distributor is urging companies in Norfolk to sign up to a new safety pledge.

With an initial emphasis on haulage firms, trade bodies and the agricultural industry, the Be Bright, Stay Safe campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of coming into contact with overhead or underground power lines.

Companies which sign up to the campaign will be encouraged to share pictures and stories of safe working practices through digital channels including blogs, vlogs and social media.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser said: “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 Be Bright, Stay Safe campaign aims to support safe working, promote safe behaviours and encourage the sharing of information and knowledge which highlight the real risks of coming into contact with electricity.”

Mr Forbes hopes the campaign will be seen as a genuine call to action and help improve understanding of how to increase safety.

“We want to promote positive conversations to take place around electrical safety by people sharing their key knowledge and experiences as small steps can lead to big changes.

“We are committed to the safety of our staff and customers and want our firm’s mindset to encourage others to adopt the same rigorous approach,” he said.

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the overhead lines, underground cables and substations which distribute electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.

To get involved or to find out more information about the Be Bright, Stay Safe campaign including where to find downloadable resources visit the UK Power Networks website.


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