Call Sarawak Energy before digging

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy has urged contractors to comply with the Electricity Ordinance, Electricity Rules 1999 and Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 when carrying out excavation works involving electrical infrastructure.

Its regional manager (Western Region) Choo Min Chong said despite continuous efforts in educating, outages due to excavation still occur.

“A total of 488 cases of cable damage were recorded since 2018, incurring RM3.2 million in cost. This year alone, Sarawak Energy received 15 cases of third-party excavation related outages,” he said in statement on Monday (March 8th).

Choon explained such outages could be avoided if contractors called them beforehand.

“Call us before you dig, because there is a high chance of underground cables present at the worksite especially in developed areas.

“The damage to these underground cables not only leads to outages that may require extensive repair works, but also poses safety hazards to the contractors.

“At the end of the day, public safety is our top priority, and we want everyone to go home safely — including the contractors,” he said.

He also warned that all third-party contractors will be issued with warning letters and stop-work orders by Sarawak Energy for breaching safety standards, adding that contractors will be responsible for repair costs.