Whenever you are digging on private or public property, or working near overhead lines there is a serious risk to life and property if you don’t follow the right safe working practices.
You must ensure that structures such as garages and extensions to houses remain well clear of overhead lines.
Our cables and pipes are laid at different depths in the ground, varying from 600mm to over 1200mm.
Make sure you disconnect the power before you remove or demolish a building.
When you plan to work on your building where the electricity supply enters the building, for your safety Northpower will disconnect and reconnect the electricity free of charge.
Apply for a cable locate service using BeforeUDig and we’ll provide free reference maps and optionally on-site location services to show underground cable locations.
You must apply for a High Load Permit if you plan to move any tall structure such as a house or a boat.
If you hit an electricity cable or overhead line call us immediately on 0800 10 40 40.
Follow the four metre rule: All work activity must be kept at least four metres from overhead lines.
When digging always find out first where network cables and pipes are – get reference maps, or have us mark out the locations for you.