ELECTRIC FENCE ASSOCIATION
CODE OF PRACTICE
for the installation of Electric Fences
DUTY OF CARE
It is important to realise and accept
that everyone and particularly the owner, that there is a duty of care to be observed when involved in the installation or maintenance of any electric fence.
Ensure that you do not contact electric fence wires with the head, neck or torso and do not climb over, through or under a multi-wire electric fence – use a gate or especially designed crossing point.
Do not use multi-wire electric fences with alternate live and earth wires.
Do not pass electric fencing wires across or adjacent to any form of water trough.
NEVER electrify barbed wire
Do not allow children to play near an electric fence
Where small children are likely to access a fence, the duty of care requires some form of obstacle such as a one metre high chain link or agricultural mesh fence.
Never connect more than one energiser to the same fence.
Anyone that is likely to come close to or in contact with an active electric fence, is entitled to be made clearly aware that they are likely to receive an electric shock.
This warning is usually in the form of prominent signs fixed to or adjacent to the fence at no greater intervals of 50m, and which are constantly maintained so as to be effective [it is no defence to state that ‘others’ damaged or destroyed the signs].
Generally, it is your duty to minimise the risk by an innocent party of any accidental electric shock.
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