Electricians wear protective gear as they work on a house in Dublin, Ireland
By Kate Coyle and Sam Perthe article It’s a bit of a mystery why electricians are wearing helmets in the UK.
A UK Department of Transport spokesperson told BBC News: “Electricians wear helmets to protect their heads and necks.”
But the UK government has long said that helmets are only appropriate for working on electricity lines, not other household tasks, including driving.
In 2013, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the UK was not considering introducing helmet laws.
“We do not believe that the helmets are appropriate for driving,” he said at the time.
In recent months, however, the UK has been cracking down on helmet wearing among British drivers, with the introduction of mandatory helmet legislation.
Now the UK is introducing new laws to protect electrical workers and workers in other industries from being hit by falling debris.
According to the government, the new legislation will be introduced this year and it will be enforced on electricians and electricians’ helpers.
Currently, the rules are designed to apply to “non-hazardous” tasks.
Under the new rules, electrical workers who use power equipment will also have to wear protective helmets.
Under that legislation, electrical work is considered to be “hazardous work” and workers will have to protect themselves by wearing helmets.
The new rules will also require employers to provide a safety plan for electrical workers.
It will also provide for a safety deposit of up to £5,000 ($7,000).
“Electrician helmets are required by the UK’s National Electricity Equipment Standard (NESES) and have been in use since 2005,” the spokesperson said.
“These helmets are worn for a range of tasks, but the safety requirements for them will not apply to other work.”
The UK Department for Transport also said that the new helmet laws would be introduced “in line with the guidance from the National Standards Organisation, and we will be monitoring the rollout of the legislation.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which is in charge of regulating the safety of electrical work, told BBC Trending that “the government is not currently considering introducing legislation requiring electricians to wear helmets.”
“The helmet is the safest way of protecting against falling debris,” the Defra spokesperson added.
“The law will be in place by July 2018.”
In the meantime, electricians can wear helmets, the spokesperson continued.
According to Defra, the requirements will apply to all workers except electrical technicians, electrician mechanics and electrical workers in industrial or construction occupations. “
There is a voluntary working age scheme that allows workers to work with the use of a safety net to supplement their NIOSH obligations, and these work age schemes can be used as an option for all electrical work.”
According to Defra, the requirements will apply to all workers except electrical technicians, electrician mechanics and electrical workers in industrial or construction occupations.
The UK government spokesperson also said the new regulations will “not apply to the electrical equipment used in the installation of power systems.”
However, the safety deposit policy does not cover the installation and maintenance of new electrical equipment.
So, the electricity industry is now in the position of having to decide which jobs it will tolerate.
Will electrical work be safe?
According to Brian Kiely, a spokesperson for Electricians UK, “There are several reasons why electricity is the most dangerous occupation for workers.”
“First and foremost, the industry is heavily regulated, so the rules that will apply are likely to be quite complex and difficult to follow.
Secondly, the electrical work environment is highly regulated, with an estimated 15,000 fatalities in the United Kingdom every year, making the safety record a cause for concern,” he added.