The author examines how local authority street lighting engineers have responded to the recent Health and Safety Executive Electricity at Work Regulations where non-compliance is now a criminal offence. There is no major difference in interpretation of the new regulations compared with those of 1908 which they replace, apart from the legal aspect. Some engineers are concerned that the new regulations are too flexible and there is no specific guidance to account for specific problems of street light monitoring. Some councils are sealing lamp post access doors where vandalism is high and posting 'high voltage' warning signs on the lamp posts. The new rules minimise live working and require secure isolation of circuits being handled; this can present problems when working in a road tunnel. Councils are obliged to ensure that their staff are competent, that they work safely without danger to themselves or others and that they have sufficient knowledge. One council is drafting a simple, pictorial manual of maintenance steps for its equipment so that it can be followed by anyone. However, some engineers argue that rules will only prevent accidents if they are adhered to and more supervision may be needed. (TRRL)

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    D.R. Publications Limited

    Faversham House, 111 St James Road
    Croydon, Surrey CR9 2TH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Reina, P
  • Publication Date: 1991-1


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00617623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM