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Western Power response to the Beldon electrical incident report

Western Power welcomes the release of the Building and Energy investigation into the electrical accident which seriously injured Denishar Woods at her home in Beldon in March 2018.

Our continuing thoughts are with Ms Woods and her family following this terrible incident.

Western Power supports the thorough and independent investigation of all serious electrical incidents.

The report highlights that many factors over an extended period contributed to the slow deterioration to the single-phase aerial connection at the property which led to the accident.

Reporting an electric shock early, even if it is a small tingle, it's extremely important because a shock of any intensity can be a warning sign that a larger hazard may be developing inside a property or at the connection to the network.

We echo Building and Energy’s advice to report any shock or tingle to Western Power immediately on 13 13 51.

Western Power is working with Building and Energy to develop a public awareness campaign to encourage the community to make the call when they experience electric shocks and tingles.

We have also received $61 million in funding from the State Government to install advanced metering infrastructure, which will help detect some electric shock warning signs. 

We have already installed 23,000 advanced meters and the communications infrastructure connecting them will go live in mid-2020, adding another layer of safety to the network.

Further information

Building and Energy's Beldon Electrical Accident Report

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