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Awareness on Electrical hazards in Excavation

Sonam Choki General

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) graced the three-day safety awareness program (August 30, 2021 to September 01, 2021) targeted for the excavator operators of Thimphu. Director, Distribution Services and other officials were also present.

The Electricity Services Division (ESD), BPC Thimphu has been facing numerous issues created by excavations being done in and around Thimphu. The excavations usually happen without the knowledge of BPC, and the damages done to the electrical infrastructure often go un-reported translating to wastage of BPC resources in locating the fault and rectification thereof. These excavations and consequent damages to the electrical infrastructure result in prolonged outages to the customers of BPC. Also, there are inherent risks posed to the excavators who operate the machines in the absence of proper supervision of the excavation works.

Therefore, BPC initiated a three-day safety awareness program in an effort to raise adequate awareness to the machine/excavator operators operating in Thimphu. The program shall help the excavators take conscious steps towards risk reduction and to remain vigilant to any potential threats from damage of electrical infrastructure. The operators shall now be required to inform BPC for any excavation works and seek BPC’s support to avoid damages to the electrical infrastructure.

Around 75 excavator operators shall be trained under this program