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Please play it safe by using a cable location services to check what's underground before you work near power cables, especially if you're digging.

Serious personal injury can result from damaging underground services during excavation and ground penetration, such as posthole drilling. Supply disruption and repairs can be costly and extremely irritating to customers.

The positions where cables are buried are subject to reasonable tolerance however, the depth of cover may have changed since installation. It's your responsibility to verify the position and depth of cables before excavation. If cables are not in the position shown on the plan or you require assistance, please call us on 0800 66 11 77.

Steps to ensure safe digging:

  • Obtain up-to-date plans from the relevant local authorities.
  • Use a cable locator, if possible, to mark-out the underground services before commencing work.
  • Practice safe digging procedures.
  • Worksafe's Guide for Safety with Underground Services sets out agreed work methods and preferred work practices for the location and excavation of underground services

Apply for a cable locate service  (BeforeUDig)

Apply to dig near poles (PDF)