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Tukes warns of electricity left over during house demolition: “Danger to both demolitioners and outsiders”

“There has often been a rush in the background to get the house demolished, and the online company’s representative has not been allowed to wait.”

The Agency for Safety and Chemicals (Tukes) has received several reports of incidents in which old houses have been demolished even though they still had electricity on. Tukes emphasizes that such activities are life-threatening.

Tukes has been notified of the incidents by the network companies. In some cases, the dismantling work has been done with an excavator and the work has been started before the network company has taken care of the dismantling of the electricity connection.

– There has often been a rush in the background to get the house demolished, and the representative of the network company has not been allowed to wait. When the installer or contractor of the network company arrives, the house has already been partially or completely demolished. At its worst, a live electrical switchboard or connection cable has been left on the ground or lifted against a pole or wood, for example, says Tukes’ chief inspector Ville Huurinainen in the bulletin.

Tukes points out that demolition of a building without dismantling the electrical connection can cause a risk of electric shock. Therefore, demolition companies should assure the client that the job can be done safely.

Responsibility to the owner

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According to the law, the owner of the equipment is responsible for the safety of the electrical equipment to be dismantled. The owner of the property to be demolished must ensure that the demolition work can be carried out safely. According to Tukes, if the demolition work is carried out knowingly while the electrical connection is still live, a violation of the Electrical Safety Act will be committed.

– Even though the old electrical connection has been terminated and the fuses in the house meter have been removed, the property’s connection cable is still live if the network company has not made it safe. Urgency should not lead to risk-taking. The danger is caused to both dismantlers and outsiders, Huurinainen continues.

Tukes urges those planning demolition work to find out well in advance when the electricity connection will be de-energized and to agree on other schedules accordingly. The safety of the discharge for electricity can be ensured from the local distribution network company.

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