Lorry drivers most at risk from overhead power lines

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Lorry drivers are some of the most at risk of fatal electric shocks from overhead power lines, accounting for a quarter of fatalities, research by the Energy Networks Association has revealed.

On average, one person dies or is injured each month as a result of contact with overhead power lines. The research found that the most at risk, were drivers making deliveries with tippers, lorry mounted cranes or grab arms.

And it highlighted the fact that over 50 per cent of lorry drivers do not know all the proper safety requirements for working near overhead power lines, which can carry up to 400,000 volts.

Only five per cent know to call 105 to contact the network operators for incidents involving overhead power lines. In fact, more people (7.6 per cent) think you should call 911 – the American emergency services – if you’ve been involved in a collision.

In addition, a third of lorry drivers (36 per cent) did not know electricity can jump small gaps which can cause a potentially fatal electric shock.

Almost a third of lorry drivers (35 per cent) believe the best thing to do when involved in a collision with an overhead power line is to exit the vehicle and call for help, when exiting the vehicle can actually put you at immediate risk of fatal injury.

To help prevent the number of fatalities among lorry drivers, the ENA has launched a new Look Out Look Up! film targeting those working within the industry.

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