Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010

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41 Structural loading on works
  • (1) The owner of works must ensure that the works are designed, constructed, and maintained to minimise as far as practicable the risk of injury to persons or damage to property from the expected structural loading, having regard to the recognised natural occurrences in the areas that the works are or are to be situated.

    (2) The owner of works must ensure that overhead electric lines are constructed of suitable conductors and other fittings so that, as far as practicable, the lines—

    • (a) are capable of withstanding, without damage, the likely static and dynamic loading; and

    • (b) do not become unsafe or dangerous to the public or to persons likely to work on them.

    (3) If overhead line structures are found to be incapable of supporting structural design loads, the owner of the structures must—

    • (a) mark them; and

    • (b) repair or replace them within 12 months of finding them to be incapable of supporting the design loads.

    (4) If overhead line structures are found to be at risk of failure under normal structural loads, and there is a risk of injury to any person or damage to property other than that of the owner of the line, the owner of the structures must—

    • (a) mark them; and

    • (b) repair or replace them not later than 3 months after the finding of the risk of failure.

    (5) A person who owns works commits a grade A offence if the person—

    • (a) constructs or maintains works, or requires works to be designed, in such a way that the works are inconsistent with the requirements set out in subclause (1); or

    • (b) fails to comply with any of the obligations in subclauses (2) to (4).

    Compare: SR 1997/60 r 66(1)–(4)