Workers involved with renovations or excavating have a legal obligation to identify the location of underground networks beforehand, Essential Energy has warned.

Essential Energy’s head of health, safety and environment Christine Withycombe reminded workers to contact Dial Before You Dig prior to excavating to identify electricity, gas, telecommunications and water networks.

She explained that identifying networks before work begins would reduce the risk of death or serious injury to workers and the general public.

She highlighted that identifying networks beforehand is part of a statutory requirement under the Electricity Supply Act. Despite this legal obligation Essential Energy continues to receive regular reports of incidents involving machinery that has damaged underground cables. Workers are reminded that these mistakes carry a heavy financial penalty.

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