June 11, 2014 9:32 pm

Electrical shock incidents spiking in B.C.

WATCH: BC Hydro is warning tradespeople and the public to be careful around power lines after a sharp spike in the number of electrical shock incidents. Linda Aylesworth has more.

BC Hydro says the number of power line contacts each year is rising and they want tradespeople and the public to be aware and avoid power lines at all times.

Last year, public contact incidents jumped 52 per cent, and BC Hydro recorded 140 power line contact incidents in 2013 and 92 incidents in 2012 – when they started a new tracking system.

Data shows the majority of these types of accidents involve construction equipment such as cranes, boom trucks and trailers.

Power line contacts can also happen when peopleĀ are completing projects on their property like trimming trees.

For electrical safety resources, check out BC Hydro’s website.

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