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
If you are working on metal water pipes you must be aware of the risk of electric shock. Under normal conditions, electricity supplied to a building will return to the local substation transformer via the neutral conductor. However, under certain fault conditions, metal water pipes may provide the return electrical path instead of the neutral conductor.
Our friends at the Electrical Safety Office have just released important information about following the correct process to disconnect electricity supply when carrying out demolition or renovation work:
Interference with the electricity distribution network
Contractors and tradespeople who disconnect electricity supply or bypass the Energex or Ergon Energy supply abolishment processes before they conduct demolition or renovation work are being urged by ESO to stop this unsafe and illegal practice before a serious incident occurs.