Check what you should do when there are fallen powerlines, and actions to take in the event of an electric shock.
Outlines regulations relating to the testing and tagging of electrical equipment and tools, including who is able to carry out testing and how frequently it must be done.
Electrical incidents in the rural industry have often involved contact between machinery or irrigation pipes with overhead powerlines. Other causes of electrical incidents include general lack of electrical equipment maintenance and unauthorised electrical handy-work.
Electrical work within a declared disaster situation, undertaking repair and reinstatement work within a declared disaster situation, volunteering and notifying availability.
Working near powerlines can be fatal. Touching them or straying into the exclusion zone around them can result in a serious electric shock.
High voltage presents higher levels of hazards which also apply to isolation and access.
Electrical work on an electrical installation or electrical equipment may pose a risk of inadvertent contact with adjacent energised parts.
This information may assist when testing foil insulation for possible touch voltages.
Before installing water meters or repairing or replacing metal water services, plumbers and their assistants should plan and use a safe system of work to prevent or minimise the risk of electric shock.
- Last updated
- 13 September 2017
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