Every year cases are reported of anglers being injured when their angling equipment contacts overhead power lines. In extreme cases this has resulted in horrific burn injuries or even fatalities. Lack of awareness on behalf of the angler is often the main cause of such accidents.
The Electricity Networks Authority (ENA) has produced a comprehensive new set of guidelines for anglers and angling clubs. This guidance is the product of a great deal of work and co-operation by a working group consisting of representatives from a number of stakeholder groups, including the NFA.
Tony Biederman, the NFA’s representative on the working group says, “This is an excellent document that clearly sets out the dangers to anglers, and the steps that should be taken to minimise risks, and we fully support its widespread distribution. Angling Clubs have a duty of care to their members to pass this guidance on to all their members”
The document raises the important issue that “Where angling takes place on waters affected by overhead electric power lines those operating the facility owe a duty of care to those participating.”
In most instances a risk assessment and signage is all that is needed to satisfy the duty of care, the document contains all the information you need.
The guidance document is available online from www.nfadirect.com/docs/ohpl_angling_guide.pdf
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