On-the-spot fines for breaches of two exclusion-zone requirements in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 are designed to help improve worker safety around overhead or underground electric lines.
The Office of Industrial Relations said that inspectors will be able to issue on-the spot fines for breaches of:
s68(1) – a person conducting a business or undertaking fails to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure no person, plant or thing at a workplace comes within the prescribed exclusion zone of overhead or underground lines, and
s68(2) –in circumstances when work is to be conducted within the exclusion zone, the person conducting a business or undertaking fails to conduct a risk assessment and implement appropriate controls.
The new breaches carry penalty amounts of $600 for individuals and $3000 for a corporation.
The Office of Industrial Relations has said that its on-the-spot fines, efforts to raise awareness of exclusion zones and prosecutions will help to ensure the safety of workers.