A number of electricity workers have lost their lives while on duty because of the poor implementation of safety measures by companies in the industry, The Punch reports.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) 49 electricity workers were killed only within the period between January and June. The organization stated that it will sanction the Eko, Ikeja and Port Harcourt electricity distribution companies for recording extremely low safety compliance levels.
On Tuesday Abdulrasheed Busari, NERC’s senior manager, announced that 54% of the deaths and injuries recorded in the first half of 2015 were due to unsafe actions by the companies.
He noted that during the same period, 51 employees of the distribution companies were injured against the 50 injuries recorded for the whole of 2014.
The commission wondered why the companies had failed to adopt stipulated safety standards, stressing that while employees of the distribution firms were being killed, their counterparts in the power generation companies were keeping up with the required safety measures.
According to the estimates, 10 people lost their lives in Enugu, three in Abuja, four in Benin, six in Ibadan, two in Ikeja, one in Jos, seven in Kaduna, six in Kano, three in Port Harcourt and four in Yola during the six-month period.
Busari said that although the Enugu companies recorded the highest number of deaths during the period, its safety standards were better than many of its counterparts.
He noted that most of the power firms were perpetual defaulters when it came to reporting accidents and incidents that happened in their various areas of operation.