Practise extreme caution near electrical facilities – SEB

A truck caught fire after its bucket came in contact with overhead lines.

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KUCHING, Oct 2: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) urges the public to always remain cautious and alert at all times when working near any electrical facilities.

Chief executive officer for SEB’s utility arm, Syarikat Sesco Berhad (Sesco), Lau Kim Swee said members of the public should not be complacent when it comes to electrical safety.

“Electricity can kill. Practise extreme caution when working near any electrical installations, especially high voltage power lines and substations to avoid getting hurt by electrocution or electrical flash-overs,” he said in a press statement today.

Lau also noted electrical flash-overs occur when electricity ‘jumps’ without direct contact with power lines or conductors and can result in serious burns or tragic loss of lives.

He said the safety clearance from overhead lines is at least in the minimum of 4.6 metres (15 feet).

Boom gates too close to overhead lines can cause electrocution or electrical flash-overs.

“”Safety is Sarawak Energy’s top priority. Tragic incidents can be avoided if everyone is aware of electrical hazards and the potential threat to lives. We do not want anyone to get hurt,” he added.

Members of the public are advised to call Sarawak Energy’s 24/7 Customer Care Centre at 1-300-88-3111 or email at customercare@sarawakenergy.com if they have any doubts.

Reports of any concerns relating to electrical facilities such as overhead lines can also be logged into SEBcares, Sarawak Energy’s mobile app. –DayakDaily.