The public is being advised to treat stay wires with caution at all times, according to a St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) official.
Chief Engineer Goodwin d’Auvergne, speaking to the press earlier this week, said stay wires, by design, do not carry electricity, but it is possible “under certain rare circumstances” that these wires can “accidentally” come in contact with an energised conductor such as a wire.
“We just want to reiterate that stay wires like any part of the electricity infrastructure, while designed to be safe, should be treated with caution at all times,” he said.
Stay wires, also called guide wires and guy wires, are used to provide stability to a free-standing structure such as a utility pole, and provide counterbalance to the wires which run along the poles, among other things.
A 42-year-old man was electrocuted to death after he came into contact with a stay wire in Choiseul last weekend.
LUCELEC officials have declined to comment on certain details about the incident because it is an ongoing investigation.
d’Augergne said: “I know that… since I have been chief engineer, probably over the last ten years we have not had an incident of this nature where a stay became live. But I cannot say conclusively because we would have to go back into the records.”
LUCELEC said safety is always at the top of their agenda.
“Safety is everyone’s business at LUCELEC …. We are fanatics about safety…. In all our policies and procedures safety is the primary consideration, not just for our staff but also for the public as well,” said the company’s communications manager, Roger Joseph.