Drone pilots in Rutland, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings urged to be careful around overhead power lines
Drone users are being urged to ‘keep it in sight every flight’, to reduce the risk of accidents involving overhead power lines.
Safety experts at Western Power Distribution are teaming up with the Civil Aviation Authority to warn drone users about the risks of flying near overhead power lines and electricity substations.
Western Power is the country’s largest electricity distribution network operator covering Lincolnshire as well as the rest of the Midlands, the South West and South Wales.
Last year, Western Power engineers responded to more than 370 incidents where members of the public had come into contact with overhead lines while involved in various outdoor pursuits.
Eddie Cochrane, Western Power safety adviser, said: “We have thousands of pylons and poles which carry high voltage electricity along overhead power lines and, if a drone gets too close to, or makes contact with our equipment, the consequences can be fatal.
”We are also aware of at least one incident where a person was killed while out walking when a damaged live conductor from a drone fell to the ground.”
Western Power and Civil Aviation Authority have prepared some important safety tips for flying drones:
1. Always keep your drone in sight so that you can see and avoid things while flying.
2. Stay below 400ft (120m) to comply with the dronecode. Stay well away from
airports and other aircraft.
3. Look out for electricity substations and overhead power lines. Make sure you
always fly more than 50 metres from these, as well as from people and properties.
4. Read and follow the drone manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the safety of your
drone and people around you.
5. If a drone enters a substation or comes into contact with power lines, do not
attempt to retrieve it. Call Western Power immediately on 105, the emergency number.
6. Visit www.dronesafe.uk/drone-code for more information on drone safety.