Electricity & Utilities

WORKING SAFELY WITH ELECTRICITY AND UTILITIES

OBJECTIVE:

There have, and continue to be some very serious electricity and utilities related incidents. We need a common understanding of the key safety management issues when working close to electricity utilities. We will work with distribution companies and landowners to create up-to-date guidelines and recommendations for this working environment. 

CHAIR - Neil McKay – Independent  

OTHER MEMBERS:

Jonathan Callis - Network Rail
Katherine Gostick - HSE
Lucy Cook - NRW
Mark Brazendale - Tilhill Forestry
David Pool - FLS
Graham Barton - UK Power Networks  (UKPN)
Paddy Nevin - National Grid
Martin Lennon – Independent forestry consultant
John Sharpe – SSEN
Graham Stirling - SSE 
Paul Llewellyn - Western Power 
Andrew Tuft – Scottish Woodlands
Richard Deboys – FLS
Gavin Brown – DSH Wood
David Nicholson – Buccleuch
Graham Owen - Network Rail
Jim Denholm – H&S consultant
Gillian Clark (support) – FISA CEO

GROUP TARGET:

Action: Generate operational guidelines and recommendations for forest operations near electricity and utilities.

RESOURCES &/ FUNDING REQUIREMENTS:

Preparation of code of practice
Publication (to web site) of guidance notes
Safety bulletins to raise awareness

KEY ACTIONS:

Priorities and Action Plan 

Agree on basic objectives and scope of the work
Decide on any potential ‘output’ information
Consider the integration with existence of any current guidelines
Consider any training requirements that result from work
Establish links to other groups on Managing Safety Doc (Group 1) and  Competency development (Group 8)
Have agreed communication plan to membership

ACTION COMPLETE:

Production of FISA Safety Guide 804 - available on the website