Excerpt from Media Release, September 2, 2015 by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Electrical Contact Prevention Working Group:
St. John’s, NL) – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Electrical Contact Prevention Working Group (the Working Group) is expressing major concern over the number of contacts with electrical equipment and infrastructure. This is a serious issue which has the potential to seriously harm someone or cause death.
As of the end of July this year, Newfoundland Power recorded 40 incidents involving power lines or power line infrastructure, and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) recorded 15 incidents within their service territory.
“Each contact with power lines has the real potential to be fatal, and there’s no going back once it happens,” emphasized Gary Murray, Vice President, Customer Operations and Engineering, Newfoundland Power. “Our objective is to work together to continue to raise awareness among those who work around power lines, reminding them to take every precaution to ensure they go home safely to their families at the end of every day.”
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