Trees can be a real hazard

Trees are one of the biggest threats to the network and to personal safety particularly in this region.

The danger from trees cannot be over-stated. People have been killed as a result of trees being close to lines.

It’s always good to check that trees are being kept well clear of power lines. When branches are close to power lines they can be a danger to the public and cause power outages for customers especially during high winds and storms. Branches that come into contact with power lines can cause outages and fires. If lines are damaged by falling branches or trees the broken lines can be hazardous to people or livestock. That said, pruning trees near power lines can also be extremely dangerous. This work should only be carried out by people who are trained to do so.
 
Because of the dangers involved the Government introduced regulations (The Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003) to ensure trees are kept a safe distance from power lines. The regulations include any trees or shrubs
 

Whose Responsibility

Unless it is otherwise agreed, the person who owns the property the trees grow on also owns the trees. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that trees are maintained to avoid damaging power lines. The regulations set minimum encroachment distances which vary depending on the type of line.

The Lines Company has a regular monitoring programme of trees about or near power lines as an important part of its network safety management. The company tries to work closely with property owners whose trees represent a hazard to the network. The regulations are there only to provide a backup to our maintenance programme
 
With good will on both sides we are able to manage the problem more effectively which is the best way to protect the network and the safety of people and animals, at the lowest possible cost.
 
Click here for more information about  keeping trees a safe distance from power lines, the regulations and your responsibilities.
 
Please call us on 0800 367 546 for further information.