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EFL statutory clearance must be obeyed: Patel

November 13, 2019 7:33 am

Fijians have been urged to comply with the Energy Fiji Limited Safety Act and not to build infrastructure directly under power lines.

This is in light of the recent incident where a five-year-old boy was electrocuted after his feet came into contact with an electrified pipe of a temporary shed in Nakasi on Monday.

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EFL Chief Executive Hasmukh Patel says people must ensure they are aware of the safety guidelines when dealing with infrastructure next to powerlines.

 

“If you are erecting any temporary or permanent sheds in the vicinity of powerlines, please ensure that certain distance which are statutory clearance as in the EFL Act are met to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone else in your vicinity.”

Patel says it’s important to maintain the statutory clearances and people erecting sheds should strictly adhere to the act.

Patel is urging Fijians to immediately contact EFL if there is suspicion of possible electrocution threats.

Meanwhile, a year 10 student died two weeks ago after been electrocuted by a faulty extension cord attached to the home washing machine.

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