Plumbers who perform electrical work under their QBCC trade contractor licence are deemed to hold an electrical contractor licence. The Electrical Safety Office is auditing plumbers performing restricted electrical work as part of their business to ensure they are meeting their electrical safety duties.
Electrical contractors, electrical workers and metering providers involved in the roll out of smart meters must ensure that antenna/communication wiring systems are suitably segregated from electrical wiring in accordance with the Wiring Rules.
In July 2019, a 35 year old man was seriously injured while doing demolition work. At the time, workers were manually demolishing the roof frame and external walls of a single storey home. The truss top plate (also called an upper wall plate) was cut. The top plate is a horizontal load-bearing member secured to the top of the wall studs that supports the roof structure. The roof and external wall frames skewed and fell, trapping the injured worker underneath. Investigations are continuing.
In July 2019, a person was fatally crushed by a portable generator being unloaded from a truck by a forklift. In a separate incident in May 2019, a worker was fatally crushed between a reversing forklift and a truck at a transport yard. Investigations into both are continuing.
In April 2019, a worker was seriously burned while attempting to decommission a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank from a motor vehicle at a workplace. It appears he was removing screws on the LPG tank using a battery-operated screwdriver which created an ignition source and started a fire.
In July 2019, a farm worker was fatally injured when a bale of hay weighing approximately 720kg fell onto him. Early indications are he was unloading bales of hay using a front-end loader with fork attachments. It appears he exited the loader and approached the trailer to remove a strap. A hay bale that had become unstable fell from the trailer, fatally crushing him. Investigations are continuing.
Following yet another arc flash injury caused by failing to test a circuit before work started in a switchboard, the Electrical Safety Office is issuing an urgent callout to electrical workers - it’s time to reset your safety focus and test before you touch.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017