News Non-Life16 Apr 2018

Nepal:Minister calls for liability insurance to cover electrical incidents

16 Apr 2018

Third pary liability insurance can be helpful in minimising financial losses resulting from electrical accidents, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoWERI), Barshaman Pun, has said.

His statement followed an increasing number of injuries and casualties from electrical accidents in recent years, reports Republica.

He, however, did not mention who would cover the cost of the insurance.

According to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), there have been 752 electricity related accidents over the past 10 years. The NEA has been carrying the financial burden for these incidents. Official data show that the authority spent NPR122 million (US$1.17 million) in the last decade in compensation to victims of electrical accidents or their beneficiaries.

Electrocution has been one of the major causes of death at construction sites, hotels and roads. The use of low-quality electrical equipment, unsafe working methods and the lack of awareness are among the causes of electrical accidents.






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