Being a crane operative is a hazardous job. One such hazard is overhead electrical power lines. Contact with power lines cause many serious injuries each year, and can even be fatal. This is a problem, in particular in the agriculture and construction industries. Cranes that work predominantly in construction can come into contact with power lines on a daily basis, so it is important to know how to avoid them.
What to do to avoid the danger of overhead power lines as a crane operative
During scheduled work, planning is essential in avoiding power lines and therefore reducing the chance of having an electrical injury as a crane operative. Use information from your local electricity supplier to see if there are any overhead power lines on the route that you plan to take.
If there are power lines on your designated route then determine whether your work can be carried out elsewhere. If it cannot, then eliminate the danger of coming into contact with a live power line by speaking to the local authority and arranging for the power lines to be made dead whilst the work is on going.
Barriers and signs should be put up to mark a danger area close to a live power line. This should prevent a crane operator approaching a power line by accident.
If work near to live power lines cannot be avoided, and it is impractical to put up warning signs, then other measures can be taken to avoid crane operators becoming injured as a result of contact with a power line. These include the possible modification of the crane, and supervision by a suitably qualified expert.
Have you had an accident at work as a crane operative?
If you have injured yourself at work as a crane operative in the last three years, and it was not your fault, then you could gain personal injury compensation with the help of Accident Advice Helpline.
We work with an extensive legal team which offers a 100 per cent no win, no fee claims system.
Since 2000 Accident Advice Helpline has been providing advice to people seeking to claim compensation after suffering a work accident.
If you would like to start your claim, or just receive more information about compensation after work related injuries, fill in our online compensation calculator test. This is quick and simple and it only takes 30 seconds. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown