Overhead Wires

3 Tips to remember:

  1. Always look out and look up when working near overhead electricity wires.
  2. Never undertake any construction activity within 10 metres of an overhead electricity wire.
  3. Never dump soil or rubble or stack any material underneath an overhead electricity wire. This reduces the safe distance between the wire and the ground.
Keep away from fallen or low hanging wires.

Call our Emergency Number 1800 372 999 to report it.

Planning to work near overhead electricity wires?

If you are planning to work near overhead electricity wires, contact us before you start so that the necessary safety precautions can be put in place to prevent injury. It will not always be possible to switch out an overhead electricity wire to permit work underneath.

Contact us at 1800 372 757 or +353 21 2386555 to discuss your requirements.

Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines

In consultation with HSA and other stakeholders, ESB Networks has revised and updated the Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines. The new Code of Practice is effective from 1st May 2019.  It replaces and revokes the original code of Practice which has been in place since 2008. 

Code of Practice

Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines

Essential information and guidance to prevent electrical accidents when carrying out construction work


ESB Networks Safe Construction and Electricity Video

The information in this video is presented to assist those working in the Construction Industry. The aim of this video is to provide important safety information to help you stay safe when working near overhead wires and underground cables.


Safety while working

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