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Topic Title: Underground Cable Damage.
Topic Summary: Expensive mistake.
Created On: 07 October 2017 08:52 AM
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 07 October 2017 08:52 AM
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Zoomup

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HellllOOOOoooo, A customer of mine reported to me that his gardener/handyman was erecting a new garden fence at the bottom of the garden using long Metposts. A metpost was being driven into the ground but hit a "high Voltage" (sic) underground cable. This blacked out a few local houses. The position of the underground cable was not marked in any way with warning signs.

The householder was held liable by the owner of the underground cable and was made to pay £5,000.00 in compensation for the cost of the repair work. Could he have contested the claim for damages do you think?

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Z.
 07 October 2017 09:41 AM
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aligarjon

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On my liability insurance, for it to pay out you have to have made enquiries as to where services are. If they come back as unknown or they don't list one and you hit it then i am covered. I would think he was covered on his house insurance ?

Gary

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 07 October 2017 11:13 PM
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alancapon

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Originally posted by: Zoomup
. . . The householder was held liable by the owner of the underground cable and was made to pay £5,000.00 in compensation for the cost of the repair work. Could he have contested the claim for damages do you think?

No. Either the property owner or the company that damages the services should pay for the repair. In the first instance, we would look towards the company that did the damage. Not sure about UK legislation, but assuming it is the same as ours, this is also a reportable accident to the HSE under the RIDDOR procedure.

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Alan.
 07 October 2017 11:34 PM
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sparkingchip

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Wayleave agreement?

Andy B.
 08 October 2017 07:52 AM
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Thripster

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If the utilities published data has not recorded the existence of a cable or incorrectly recorded the position of a cable then I would sue for negligence/risk of injury etc

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 08 October 2017 10:41 AM
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sparkingchip

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Originally posted by: sparkingchip

Wayleave agreement?



Andy B.


If a cable supplying several properties passes under a property then presumably the owner should be aware of a wayleave being in place. However looped services don't require a wayleave do they?

Andy B.
 08 October 2017 03:00 PM
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AJJewsbury

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Presumably it doesn't even have to be looped - as the DNOs fuse at the customer's end, a short on even a single supply cable to just one customer will likely take out everyone on the same substation fuse (i.e. likely the entire street or at least every 3rd house).
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