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UK Power Networks shuts off power to 35 homes in Muswell Hill because of damaged electricity cable
Homes in Muswell Hill suffered a morning of power losses after a contractor cut into an underground electric cable.
According to UK Power Networks, the workman who damaged the cable could have been ‘seriously injured or killed’.
On Saturday, September 14, people who live in the area said they saw a man carrying out work in Hollybank, behind Cranmore Way.
After the workman left John Hayward, who lives in Cranmore Way, saw smoke and flames coming from the hole.
He said: “There were a lot of bangs and flashes and smoke coming out of the ground.
“One of the neighbours called the fire brigade and later I went down to speak to the officials from the electricity company and he told me that one of the mains cables had been severed.
“He told me he could not believe the person who did this had not been severely injured or killed.”
Engineers from the power company were forced to shut off the power to 35 homes at 1.35pm while they replaced the damaged cables, which took approximately 20 minutes.
A spokesman from the power company said companies should always contact them before digging in order to avoid this type of situation.
She said: “In order to reduce the number of power interruptions caused by contractors damaging underground cables, UK Power Networks actively encourages any firm undertaking work to contact us in advance for cable locating maps, to help them avoid our cables.
“This is vital for their own safety as well as the security of electricity supplies.
“Anyone who comes into contact with any of our electrical equipment risks being seriously injured or even killed.
“We appreciate how difficult it is to be without electricity and would like to thank customers for their understanding while we carried out repairs.”
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