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Performance summary 2020/2021

  • Overview of outputs

    No improvement notices, prohibition notices and prosecutions from the Health and Safety Executive.(See note 2 below).

    No improvement notices were issued or prosecutions made relating to the current price control during 2020/21.

    We have appealed an HSE prohibition notice and will provide details of the outcome at the end of the appeals process.

    Complete work programmes to meet the Electricity, Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations (ESQCR) 2002. ESQCR requires that overhead lines are a safe distance from either structures or the ground.

    We have completed the programme for clearance distances to structures for all regions.

    We have completed 100% of the work scheduled in 2020/21 relating to the required ground clearance distances.

    Complete inspection and maintenance programmes every year.

    We completed all of the work scheduled for completion during the year except for a very small number of tasks that could not be carried out due to access issues. We put in place appropriate plans to manage these safely until the work was completed. 

  • Overview of outputs

    Reduce our overall rate for the frequency of accidents by 10%.(See note 1 below).

    Our accident rate in 2020/21 is better than the 10% improvement target set for the whole of RIIO-ED1.

    Continue to play an active part in the ENA’s ‘Powering Improvement’ initiative, which aims to lead to improved safety performance.

    We took part in events designed around the ENA ‘Powering Improvement’ themes, including contributing to the development of phase 3 of the strategy.

    Work with our trade unions to improve safety performance, including the use of more ‘behavioural safety’ initiatives.

    During RIIO-ED1 WPD has delivered a wide variety of behavioural safety training to its staff. Using this training as a foundation, during 2020/21 we have continued to reinforce key behavioural safety principles.

    Investigate all accidents involving members of the public, contractors or our own staff to make sure that learning points are quickly understood and communicated.(See note 2 below).

    We investigated all 82 incidents that happened during the year (45 staff accidents, 25 contractor accidents and 12 significant incidents involving the public).

  • Overview of outputs

    Improve security measures at 50 substation sites to reduce the number of repeat break-ins(See note 1 below).

    The number of repeat break-ins has been lower than predicted. To date in RIIO-ED1, we have upgraded security measures at 19 sites that have had repeat break-ins.

  • Overview of outputs

    Organise and run over 1,000 educational sessions to provide safety information to over 400,000 schoolchildren.(See note 1 below).

    So far in RIIO-ED1, we have delivered a total of 16,111 educational sessions to 386,672 schoolchildren.

    Continue to publish literature on maintaining safety around electrical apparatus and send more than 500,000 copies of this literature to targeted landowners, businesses or leisure operators.(See note 1 below).

    To date in RIIO-ED1, we have issued over 4 million safety leaflets and made these available to targeted groups through social media.

Note 1: This target is for the full eight-year RIIO-ED1 period, not for each separate year.

Note 2: This target is for each year of RIIO-ED1.

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