• Published: 3 Oct 2011
  • Incident ID: 3386

Contact with 5KV Power Cable

Cause & Consequence

  • Electricity, electrical discharge, short circuit or overload
Incident Consequence

Incident Location

Any Location Type

Incident Activity

Construction, hook-up, commissioning

Incident Info Source


Specific Incident Equipment

High powered electric cables

Lessons Identified


• The power cable was not identified as a significant hazard on the Critical Work Permit.

• Do not approach or touch a power cable after it has been contacted. Contact an electrician to de-energize before inspecting damage.

Incident Recommendations


Identify Work Management Scope Changes:

Finding an unexpected power cable while excavating may warrant a work scope change. Once found, work should be stopped and power cable indicated on the Critical Work permit to prompt additional mitigation measures (eg. De-energize, hydro-excavation).

Standard for Excavating Power Cables:

Develop an explicit standard for Exposing an Underground Power Cable to be included in the Ground Disturbance code of practice.

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