Be aware of overhead lines before you build

Issue 47 – March 2013

Energy Safety advises planners, architects, builders, local authorities, and property owners and developers, to consider overhead electric lines (power lines) and overhead line supports when planning any construction.

There are rules that we have to observe to supply and use electricity safely. One of these is to keep safe distances (clearances) between overhead lines and their supports, and any other structures. These clearances must be factored into any plans before starting construction to ensure safety. The general requirements for maintaining safe distances are set out in regulation 17 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

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Summarised from an Energy Safety 'Safety Alert', 31 January 2013.


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