Workplace Health and Safety Queensland urged contractors and tradespeople who disconnect electricity supply or evade the Energex or Ergon Energy supply abolishment processes before conducting demolition or renovation work to stop this unsafe and illegal practices in order to prevent incidents from occurring.
In several recent cases, live electrical cables owned and operated by Energex or Ergon Energy have been tampered with and left exposed inviting danger to anyone. In one of these cases, the live powerlines were illegally removed from the building and left strapped to a power pole, which could seriously injure or kill a worker or member of the public.
“To avoid a serious electrical incident or fatality, the correct process must be coordinated in advance through the retailer with Energex or Ergon Energy,” said WHSQ in a safety bulletin.
“If the demolition or renovation work affects an electrical asset that belongs to Energex or Ergon Energy (including the main service line), it must be disconnected and altered by them after a supply abolishment request has been made.
“It is important to coordinate the supply abolishment with Energex or Ergon Energy in advance of the demolition or renovation work to ensure workers onsite are safe from electrical hazards. The request should give plenty of notice to Energex or Ergon energy before work that affects the electrical installation commences. This is normally at least 21 days before work commences and longer in some remote or regional areas.”