The number of electrocutions reported in Sri Lanka has fallen by half over the past six years, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said today.
Issuing a statement, the PUCSL said that 89 electrocution deaths were reported in 2018, a 50% drop from the 180 cases reported in 2012.
“PUCSL as the safety regulator of the industry has taken various measures to raise awareness among the public on the safe use of electricity and has introduced many regulatory tools including the framework for licensing of electricians in Sri Lanka, national standard for plugs and sockets in Sri Lanka, rules and regulations with regard to the minimum distance of power lines to the premises and etc. to create an electrical safety environment for the public and premises,” it said.
According to PUCSL statistics for 2018, males were more exposed to electrocutions, with 83% of the victims being male.
The regulatory body further said that the highest number of electrocutions was reported from the Southern province last year.
“Drawing power lines illegally to protect cultivation or to kill wild animals has been identified as the main reasons electrocutions in the country,” it added.