EEA's Public Safety Statistics Reports present high-level public safety trends and analysis for the general public and non-electrical workers over the past two decades. Under the Electricity Act 1992, electricity suppliers have a responsibility to implement and maintain safety management systems to prevent works from presenting a significant risk of serious harm to any member of the public or significant damage to property. As part of this requirement, the report provides electricity supply industry asset owners with a better understanding of our industry public safety performance, and information on key areas of public risk safety and education campaigns.
The electricity supply industry, through the joint EEA/ENA Public Safety Working Group, has agreed a high-level five-year Public Safety Strategy from 2015 to 2020 with the objective of analysing public safety data and trends, sharing findings and facilitating, where appropriate, consistent nation-wide public safety information and campaigns.
In 2017, the EEA/ENA Public Safety Working Group started gathering high-level leading and lagging measures relating to public safety. Historical data from Energy Safety provide trends for 1998-2015.
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The results show that, with the exclusion of vehicle collisions with poles and other industry assets, zero incident resulted in serious harm to the public.
A majority of companies chose to promote public safety awareness via newspaper articles, radio campaigns and school visits, targeting key risk groups, including children and home tenants.
The notifiable electrical accidents involving electricity supply industry assets and the public are rare but twenty years of data provide a useful sample to identify risk groups and target audiences.