Lost neutral resulting house fires

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

There have been several incidents reported in the press in which the neutral conductor supplied by Distribution Network Operators to consumers has become disconnected from the neutral point of the three-phase distribution transformer from which they are supplied. This is most likely to result in substantial increase in supply voltage to some customers, which in turn can and has, in reported cases, led to fires. Such incidents pose a real, rather than potential risk, to life and should be reported to he HSE.

Q1 How many such incidents have been reported to the HSE in the last two years?

Q2 Is the HSE aware of and investigating the over-voltage incident on the Western Power Distribution network that occurred on the morning of 10 May 2017 and resulted in the destruction by fire of two properties as well as damage to appliances in a nearby school?

Yours faithfully,

David Holland

Health and Safety Executive

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Dear Mr Holland

 

FOI Reference : 201706246

 

Thank you for your request which was received on 23 May 2017 via our FOI
requests email.

 

I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (the Act).

 

I can confirm that HSE holds the following information:

 

1.       The number of incidents reported with a ‘Cause’ specified as
‘Broken Neutral’ was 684.

2.       An EID report similar in nature to that you have referred to has
not, as yet, been made to HSE via the online reporting system.

 

 

Thank you

Alex

 

A B England

Freedom of Information Officer - Construction Administration

Health and Safety Executive

The Lateral

8 City Walk

LEEDS   LS11  9AT

 

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Dear Health and Safety Executive,

Thank you for full and reasonably quick reply. For the benefit of non-technical readers, the initials EID refer to "Electrical Incidents Database" and it is reassuring to know that you maintain one. I hope that you might have already asked WPD for its report relating to the house fire and electrical equipment damage at the local school and at other residents' homes, for which I gave you the date.
Yours faithfully,

David Holland

Health and Safety Executive

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FAO David Holland.

 

Mr Holland,

 

If you are able to provide any further details such as address or location
regarding the incident on 10 May 2017 this would assist me in my enquiries
with WPD.

 

Please note that I will be on leave from 23 June, returning on 10 July.

 

Regards

 

Ian Burley

 

Ian D Burley

Principal Specialist Inspector (Electrical Engineering)

Field Operations Division - Specialist Group

(Electricity Generation, Transmission & Distribution)

0203 028 2516

 

Health & Safety Executive, The Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS11 9AT

 

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Dear Mr Burley

Thank you for responding. I apologise for my delay in replying. The fire was at Gayton NN7 3EU reported at 10:23 am on 10 May 2017 . Fire Incident Report 001601-10052017 gives some detail. I have sent further detail by email to what I believe to be you address.

Yours sincerely,

David Holland

Health and Safety Executive

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