Electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property. However, you can take simple measures when working with or near electricity and electrical equipment to reduce the risk of injury to you, your workers and others around you.
Did you know? If you are a host employer with labour hire workers you must treat labour hire workers and other contractors the same as your own workers: provide and maintain a safe working environment and conditions.
Electricity is a constant hazard in many workplaces and has the risk to potentially injure or kill a person.
Certain types of electrical equipment must be regularly inspected and tested by a competent person to identify damage, wear and detect electrical faults.
Electrical work must not be carried out on electrical equipment when it is energised unless the electrical work is permitted by law.
This video provides advice to emergency personnel in the event of an electrical incident.
Accidental contact with live overhead and underground power lines kills people and causes many serious injuries every year.Don’t work too close to overhead or underground powerlines. If that’s not practical, do a risk assessment and follow the advice of the electricity supply authority.
If you’re doing electrical work on a construction site, you must comply with AS/NZS 3012: 2010 Electrical installation – construction and demolition sites. Ask us how today
A residual current device (RCD), or safety switch, protects you from the most frequent cause of electrocution – a shock from electricity passing through the body to the earth. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires.
You need to use RCDs, or safety switches, if your electrical equipment is likely to be moved frequently or damaged due to heat, cold or other factors, or if it forms part of other equipment, like an amusement ride. These devices are designed to immediately switch off electricity supply when a leak is detected. Test your devices regularly.
Keep a record of any testing you do on your energised electrical equipment. Also keep records of your safe work method statements (until the work is finished) and risk assessments (for at least 28 days after the work is completed). Should there be an electrical shock or a serious injury, keep records for at least two years.