Court Summary - at a glance
Ensure all employees are correctly trained and understand the procedure in the event of potential entanglement of live lines. In the event of possible entanglement, to stop the convoy immediately, inform locals and members of the public passing the site, secure the site and have somebody remain on site until the appropriate authorities arrive.
Neither the defendant nor its employees alerted the farmers about the downed power line. This resulted in multiple sheep and dogs being electrocuted and killed when they passed the downed line. Also around this time, a school bus carrying children were being dropped off further up the road. The farmers chased after the transport convoy and notified them of what had happened but even after this, the convoy failed to call the appropriate authorities.
S20 Electricity Act 1992 and Reg 16 Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010