Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Illegal electrical connection caused man's death in Clarendon - JPS

Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that a 55-year-old male resident of Denbigh, Clarendon lost his life on Tuesday when he was electrocuted by an illegal connection at his home. 

"In the face of this tragedy, JPS is once again appealing to all persons to desist from the unsafe practice of using illegal connections, which can result in loss of life and property," the company said in a news release, while reminding members of the public that they should apply to JPS to ensure that they have safe, reliable, supply for their homes and businesses.

Some 18 per cent of the total energy generated by JPS is lost through electricity theft across the island, the company said.

The main parishes contributing to this occurrence, according to the company, are Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and St James. 

"Electricity theft leads to poor power quality, outages and higher electricity prices," the company said.

The Company has been carrying out several initiatives to fight against this occurrence, including meter audits, installation of smart technology, and operations to remove illegal connections in collaboration with members of the security forces, among others.  The Company has also been carrying out public education in a number of high theft communities.