Working on live low-voltage networks is becoming increasingly important for energy suppliers and grid operators. An intervention into the existing energy supply should take place as quickly as possible, “discretely” and without large outages or disturbances in the customer’s process workflows. However, live working holds significant hazards, especially in the power supply. People regularly die and become injured.
The employer is obligated to only use trained personnel for live working. Furthermore, there is a comprehensive work of general guidelines, rules and recommendations that ensure safe live working when consistently followed. The Occupational Safety Act (Arbeitsschutzgesetz), Operational Safety Ordinances (Betriebssicherheitsverordnungen), Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (Berufsgenossenschaftliche Vorschriften), the DIN VDE 0105-1 and DIN VDE 0105-100 standards or the IVSS guideline for assessing the qualification of Live Working personnel are technical directives that must be followed.