Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding all electrical workers to always test before touching any circuit or piece of electrical equipment.
Proper testing will help identify any faults with the circuit connections of the installation or electrical equipment before commencing work on it.
Some of the problems which can be identified when testing are incorrect labeling of circuit protection at the switchboard, interconnected circuits, multiple supply connections and faulty or bypassed circuit protection.
Queensland’s workplace safety agency says a risk assessment should always be done prior to starting any electrical work to help in identifying the steps required to complete the work safely as failing to complete a risk assessment can present danger to the life of the person completing the work.
The Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 sets out the duty placed on a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to test before you touch.
More information is available on www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/electricalsafety