Worker Dies after being Electrocuted on Roof


A fatal workplace electrocution has taken place in Melbourne’s outer-west at a house in Plumpton.

A 19 year old man died after being electrocuted while working on the roof of a house. The man was installing an air-conditioner on the roof of a 2 storey home when the electrocution occurred.

Not much more is known about the incident but WorkSafe is investigating.

This death brings the total to 3 workers who have been killed at work since the start of the year.


Victorian Construction Accident- Worker Electrocuted

Tragedy has struck in Melbourne’s outer west where a young worker was killed while working in the roof of a house.

The 19 year old was electrocuted while apparently installing an air-conditioner on the roof of a 2 storey Plumpton home.

This fatality brings the state’s workplace death toll to 3 since the start of the year.

This incident highlights the importance of safety when work from heights is being undertaken. Despite falls from heights being the main cause of injury and death on worksites, it is still a part of workplace health and safety that is often overlooked, across all industries.

Another area of concern is the training and supervision of new and young workers.


Company Fined $300,000 for Apprentice Electrocution Incident

A Melbourne electrical firm was recently convicted and fined $300,000 over an incident involving an apprentice in 2016.

The third year apprentice died from electrocution while laying cables at a property in Camberwell.

The company pleaded guilty to 2 charges for failing to ensure as far as reasonably practicable that the workplace was safe and without risk to health and for failing to supervise the worker.

The company was ordered to pay $6067 in costs.

The court heard that the 26 year old apprentice was sent to the property alone to install cables. He was working on the roof when his hand made contact with an exposed live wire and he was electrocuted.

An important lesson for employers here is that apprentice workers should be properly supervised at all times and particularly when engaging in high risk work such as work from heights.

In the construction industry it’s also crucial that workers are in possession of a White Card to prove they have completed general construction induction  training and have an idea of how to work safely on a construction site.

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Man’s Body Retrieved from Under House Following Electrocution

Another tragedy has taken place, this time in Sydney’s northwest where a 46 year old man died from electrocution.

The man was working under a house when the incident occurred.

Emergency services were summoned to the site in Eastwood, after it was reported that a man was trapped under a house.

The emergency services personnel arrived on the scene and isolated the power before going under the house and retrieving the man. He had already passed away.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

It’s important to remember, whether you’re working at home or on a construction site, to isolate the power before conducting electrical work.


Beware Live Powerlines – Warning After Fatality


The Queensland safety regulator is reminding us all to be careful when working near overhead powerlines.

The reminder comes after 2 people were killed and 7 seriously injured in incidents involving overhead powerlines.

These accidents were tragic and preventable, as Head of Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office, Victoria Thomson explains.

Most recently a 28 year old worker died after he received an electric shock while working with a pruning tool and coming into contact with powerlines.


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Electrical Hazards a Huge Risk to Construction Workers

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Electrical hazards are among the top 3 most common on construction sites, causing thousands of injuries every year. Construction workers are some of the most vulnerable to electrical hazards, one of the reasons why mandatory construction induction training addresses this issue.

While electricians are most at risk, everyone on a construction site is at danger of being electrocuted in certain situations.

It is up to the employer or person undertaking the business to ensure that all workers have received adequate safety training covering electrical hazards as well. This training site specific training will teach workers about the hazards that are specific to their work site and job descriptions.

It is also important that workers are trained on the most common hazards they will face on the construction site, that is why the white card course has been made mandatory for all construction workers.

Here’s another case of electrocution on a  construction site,

Who is Enforcing Electrical Safety in Homes?

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A recent post on highlighted the high number of electrical defects that are left unfixed upon the transfer of sale of a home.  This is particularly concerning when you consider that according to the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES), more than 50 people across the country die every year because of home fires and many more people are injured.

The writer of the post highlights the importance of checks for RCD and smoke alarm compliance, downlight compliance and exposed cabling, as these checks can be life saving. The writer also explains that these checks should be compulsory. Read more here.

Simple Steps towards Electrical Safety

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Although electrical safety on a construction site is a complex issue that cannot be covered in just one post, here are some basic tips to achieve electrical safety for construction workers,

  • Read instructions, labels, installation manuals etc. before installing, operating or servicing equipment.
  • Ensure switchboards are correctly designed, mounted securely and are constructed from materials able to withstand mechanical damage
  • Equipment should be tested and tagged by a qualified person
  • Faulty equipment must be removed and tagged
  • Keep an eye out for overheating in machines
  • Use tools with insulated hand grips
  • Earth all equipment properly
  • Examine power cords and leads before use
  • Ensure power is turned off before removing a plug from the power point

Read about the Queensland government’s warning following a Construction site electrocution inquiry here.

Young worker dies on Renovation site

Yet another construction death has occurred due to an electrocution on a site in the town of Yallourn North, Gippsland recently. This time a 25 year old worker lost his life while working on a housing renovation project.

The man was electrocuted only a matter of hours after another young worker was killed on a building site in Caulfield South when part of the building collapsed.  These incidents bring the number of workplace fatalities in Victoria this year already to 12.

The man was working in the kitchen of the home renovation site when he suffered the electrocution around 4:30 in the afternoon.

Work Safety Authorities reminded the public that this fatality is the second in a period of just 7 hours following the death of the 20 year old worker on the Caulfield site.

WorkSafe Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove expressed sympathy to the families and friends of both victims and described the incidents as terrible tragedies.

As she also explained, the tragic news highlights the importance of constantly keeping safety as the main priority in all workplaces because you never know when a freak accident like this could occur.


Construction Hazards that Necessitate White Card Training

In addition to fulfilling a mandatory legal requirement, completing the white card course is important for construction workers to ensure they are familiar with the hazards presented by construction work.

Every site is different and some hazards may be present on one which aren’t present on another, that is precisely why general construction safety training is necessary, to ensure workers are educated on the most common hazards that exist whether or not they have come across the hazard before.

One of the hazards covered by general construction safety training, known as the white card is electrical hazards because this is one of the most common hazards that workers will be forced to contend with during building activities. Sadly the death toll due to electrical hazards is high especially on construction sites.

A common cause of injury and death on construction sites is electric shocks. Workers can be exposed to various hazards that may result in electrical shocks and workers need to be aware of all of them and how to control these hazards if necessary. That is why White Card training is so important.

One of those hazards is contact with overhead power lines. Accidental contact with live overhead power lines kills people and causes many serious injuries every year. People are also harmed when a person or object gets too close to a line and a flashover occurs. Work involving high vehicles or long equipment is particularly high risk.

All electrical hazards need to be identified before work begins and the risks associated with the hazards need to be addressed. Once the risk to workers is assessed, these hazards should be eliminated – this however is not always practicable. Activities associated with electrical shocks should be substituted with a less hazardous activity if possible and if not, the risk associated with them should be minimised. Implementing the appropriate control measures to minimise the risks is vital to preventing worker injuries as is ensuring workers are efficiently trained on these hazards and control measures.

An incident which occurred recently is an example of why electrical hazards should be taken seriously on building sites and why safety training is so important. The accident happened when a man was electrocuted by power lines while working on the Pacific Palms network near Forster. The man was an employee of Essential Energy and died after he received an electric shock on Monday morning last week. The 47 year old man was engaged in work around 10:30am on Monday when the accident occurred. Although emergency personnel rushed to the scene to administer first aid the man could not be revived.

An article on went on to explain:

“Our deepest condolences are with the family, loved ones and work mates of our employee,” an Essential Energy spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher said he was “deeply saddened” to hear of the death.

“My thoughts go out to the employee’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time,” he said in a statement.

Essential Energy is working with NSW Police and WorkCover to determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

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