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With more than 1,000 electricity-related accidents still reported every year, a new approach to training is vital to save lives, warns specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL). 

Most accidents are caused by contact with energised and exposed live conductors. Faulty equipment or unsafe working practices can also cause death or severe injuries from electric shock and arc flash, especially where this leads to falls, burns, fire and explosion. 

DTL’s new whitepaper, Electrical Safety at Work: Developing competence for compliance, highlights how traditional training methods fall short and calls for a continuous learning approach.

Each year, companies are fined vast sums of money for incorrect health and safety procedures. For example, in 2015 Western Power Distribution PLC was fined £300,000 plus costs when a worker was paralysed after receiving an electric shock and falling from a ladder while trying to replace an antenna.

The report highlights that while there are some basic rules for good practice which apply in most situations, there is a vast array of different standards and codes of practice governing how these should be applied to suit specific systems in different industries and environments.

Steve Braund, Marketing Manager at DTL, explains: “The key to ensuring safe working with electricity is ensuring the competence of staff at all levels in the tasks they should be undertaking, and in understanding what they should not do.  Competence means having suitable training, skills and knowledge, and this cannot be achieved by just attending a course; it must involve tailored instruction, practical experience and individual assessment.”

The report concludes that many employees working in electricity have to take on additional responsibilities for health and safety for which specialist training must be given.

To download a free copy of the whitepaper, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/2bOAYCi     

DTL can provide specialist training at any one of its seven training bases nationwide, and can also deliver on-site solutions. Visit www.developtraining.co.uk for more information. 

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