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Electrocutions reduced by 50 pc in 2018

Sri Lanka has reduced electrocutions by 50 percent to 89 electrocutions in 2018 when compared to the electrocutions reported in 2012, the Electrocution Report 2018 issued by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the regulator of the electricity industry said.

Sri Lanka reported 180 electrocutions in 2012.

According to the international benchmark, the possibility of electrocutions occurring is only one electrocution per one million people, every year. In 2012, Sri Lanka was in the position of nine electrocutions per one million people which has now reduced to five electrocutions per one million people per year by 2018.

The PUCSL, as the safety regulator of the industry has taken various measures such as introducing a national standard for plugs and sockets in Sri Lanka, rules and regulations with regard to the minimum distance of power lines to the premises and to make the public aware on the safe use of electricity and has introduced many regulatory tools including the framework for licensing of electricians in Sri Lanka.

The latest statistics show that men are more exposed to electrocutions. Accordingly, 83 percent of the total electrocutions reported in 2018 were men.

The Southern Province reported the highest number of electrocutions in 2018, while the Sabaragamuwa Province reported the lowest. The Southern Province reported 67 electrocutions in the period of 2015-2018 which stands as the highest in the country compared to the electrocutions reported in the other provinces in the same period.

Drawing current wires illegally to protect cultivation or to kill wild animals has been identified as the main reason for the highest number of electrocutions in the country, while mistakes and carelessness during activities near power lines and improper or unsafe wiring (installation) and improper maintenance practices have also contributed largely to the electrocutions in 2018.

 


 

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