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Damage to electrics

Postby diy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:49 pm

Does anyone know if an Electricity distribution network operator (DNO) has the right to bill a land owner for repairs to damaged cables allegedly caused by the land owners contractor? I can't find much other than

The Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2002 ... tents/made

The example scenarios is:

A secures the services of B, to lay a new drive, during the excavation of the drive, B discovers an old electrical cable that supplies street furniture (oddly the cable runs on A's Land). B tells A the cable is open, exposed and live and B tells A to call the DNO. The DNO comes and puts a terminal end on the cable. The cable is berried and the work continues. 2 months later A receives a substantial bill for the work. A queries the bill with the DNO who gives a detailed breakdown of what needed to be done to repair the damage caused by A's contractor B. A and B both dispute the damage and the work carried out.

What basis can the DNO charge A for the repair? If damage is proven, surely its B who is responsible? Does the DNO have to prove their claim - under the normal damage/negligence tort, or do they have special powers? I cant find any.
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Re: Damage to electrics

Postby atticus » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:16 pm

A should pass this to his property insurers.

And you know how I am always suggesting that posters ask someone making a claim to state the basis on which they say they are entitled to make a claim?
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Re: Damage to electrics

Postby atticus » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:19 pm

diy wrote:The cable is berried.
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Re: Damage to electrics

Postby diy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:04 pm

Thanks for the reply - we do need a thanks / like button on the forum
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Re: Damage to electrics

Postby dls » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:37 pm

We can just say ta
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