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First things first - power off before cover off

An incident in Victoria where an electrician received a shock after touching live metal parts is a stark reminder to always double check power has been turned off before conducting maintenance, repairs, alterations or adjustments to electrical equipment.

The electrician received an electric shock while making adjustments to a passive infrared (PIR) sensor. The PIR was not isolated and after removing the cover the electrician touched metal parts that were live.

View the Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) safety alert for PIRs.

A safe system of work must be used to minimise the risk of electric shock. This includes considering what actions to take before removing the cover of any electrical equipment.

The golden rule is - before any repairs, maintenance, alteration or adjustments on fixed wired equipment, you must isolate and lock out ahead of removing covers, and test before you touch.

It's a simple message – power off before taking covers off.

Last updated
02 August 2018

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