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Date PostedMay 11, 2017

Workers Reminded About Electrical Safety

World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day took place recently on Friday 28 April.

The day is used to remember workplace safety and those who were injured or killed on the job.

This year the day coincided with Safe Work Australia’s World Day for Health and Safety at work, which Essential Energy used to encourage workers to consider electrical safety.

The groups General Manager Safety, HR, and Environment, David Nardi mentioned that tradies and construction workers should be mindful of potential electrical hazards on the building site but people who work in offices and other environments need to also consider their risks.

Mr Nardi explained,

“All workers should assess the potential risk of working close to an electrical hazard and put in place appropriate controls to prevent incidents occurring,” David said.

“Consider the location of equipment relative to underground and overhead powerlines and keep plant, equipment and temporary structures such as scaffolding well clear of the electricity network.”

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/workers-urged-make-electrical-safety-priority/#.WRN0zsaxUl1

Essential Energy highlighted the number of power outages that have been caused across it’s footprint over the past few months resulting from incidents such as farming machinery making contact with power lines, burning or igniting of power poles, tree lopping causing vegetation to fall on service lines and vehicle crashes.

The company recommended on-site safety inductions to identify the location of potential electrical hazards in all work environments. In the construction industry, white card training which is mandatory for all workers only covers electrical safety in brief, more detailed site-specific training is necessary.

Essential Energy also advised companies to appoint a competent safety observer to worksites to monitor work teams and guide machinery near overhead power lines.

“If you are excavating, register your works with the free Dial before you dig referral service at www.1100.com.au to identify the location of underground utility assets before beginning work.

“In many cases, unplanned outages due to workplace incidents are avoidable and an unnecessary public safety risk. Not only are they dangerous, but they are expensive and inconvenient for all affected.

“Let’s make safety a priority every day so everyone can get home safely to their family and loved ones.”

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/workers-urged-make-electrical-safety-priority/#.WRN0zsaxUl1

More information about electrical safety in the workplace can be obtained from www.essentialenergy.com.au/safety or call  13 23 91.

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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