Electrical cables recalled

Reported by Haydee | 02 Sep, 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced the recall of Infinity and Olsent-branded cable after the brands failed electrical safety standards due to low quality plastic insulation coating.


Free safety workshop for small electrical companies

Reported by Haydee | 31 Jul, 2014

Small electrical companies and sole traders can take advantage of a new health and safety program offered by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and Masters Electricians Australia (MEA) wherein free workshops will be offered for free.


Electrical safety in ceiling spaces campaign launched

Reported by Haydee | 19 May, 2014

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie, launched a new roof safety campaign which aims to warn workers about electrical safety risks when working in ceiling spaces.  Caboolture News reported that Mr Bleijie stood beside the father of Matthew Fuller, the first worker killed while installing insulation in 2009, to announce the program. The campaign …

WorkCover: Ensure safety in working around electricity and powerlines

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2014

Photo: SafetyCulture Library WorkCover NSW reminded workers to observe safety when working with electricity and powerlines after a recent analysis revealed that there had been two electrocutions and 14 electric shocks in a recent 12-month period. The WorkCover analysis covers data from August 2012 to August 2013. “In one instance, a worker was installing air-conditioning …

MEA: WA Government should act on illegal electrical work to ensure safety

Reported by Haydee | 20 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Australia Master Electricians Australia has called on The Western Australian Government to take illegal electrical work seriously, and to direct more inspection resources to discourage unsafe do-it-yourself electrical works in homes. MEA urges the Government to do the following actions: Conduct major media campaign by highlighting electrical safety and the dangers of unlicensed …

Call to make safety switches mandatory among Victorian homes

Reported by Haydee | 13 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Master Electricians Australia has called on the Victorian Government to order the immediate legislation of safety switches as mandatory in all Victorian homes to avoid accidents. MEA Australia VIC state manager Carl Rankin said now is the best time for Victoria to act against electrical fatalities and injuries. “We’ve seen a shocking …

NECA warns against unsupervised electrical work of apprentices

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) issues a warning today reminding everyone that electrical apprentices should never undertake live electrical work nor work without suitable supervision. The warning was issued following two incidents in the ACT where apprentices suffered electrical shocks while working unsupervised on metal ladders. NECA is involved in …

Changes to Electrical Safety Act will put more people at risk, says union

Reported by Haydee | 18 Sep, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has recently introduced a bill to state parliament to amend the Electrical Safety Act 2002. A report from AAP says the government will abolish the electrical safety commissioner, safety education committee and the equipment committee. An elected chairman will replace the commissioner and advisory committees will replace permanent committees …

Electrical Safety Recall of Extension Leads

Reported by Haydee | 27 Jun, 2012

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued an electrical safety recall for a selection of HPM white extension leads. The extension leads were sold nationally between 1 March and 14 June 2012 in Mitre-10, Officeworks, Dick Smith Electronics and Big W. According to NT WorkSafe Executive Director Laurene Hull, the wires in the leads …

VIC: Worker Shocked Erecting Power Pole

Reported by Admin | 08 Sep, 2011

Last week, a man suffrered an electric shock at work as he was erecting a pole near powerlines in Cranbourne West, a suburb of Melbourne. Paramedics treated the 55-year old at his workplace. Intensive care paramedic Yvette Mersits said the crew arrived to find a man suffering burns. He had been erecting a pole on …

QLD: Insulation Company Fined After Worker Electrocuted

Reported by Admin | 01 Sep, 2011

A Queensland court this week fined a Gold Coast insulation company $100,000 over the death of an installer. The employee aged 22, was electrocuted while installing insulation at Millaa Millaa in far north Queensland last year. His employer pleaded guilty to failing conduct its business in a way that was electrically safe. The Magistrate ordered the …

WA: Contractor Fails to Disconnect Electricity Before Demolition

Reported by Admin | 07 Jul, 2011

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a demolition contractor $5000 for failing to disconnect the electrical supply to a demolition site. The contractor pleaded guilty to undertaking demolition work that was not performed in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard. In November 2010, he was engaged by a property owner to demolish a single-storey residential building …

VIC: Company Fined After Worker Burnt

Reported by Admin | 14 Jun, 2011

A Melbourne-based company has been fined $25,000 after a sub-contractor suffered an electric shock and third degree burns to almost half of his body. The amount of the fine is practically the same as that imposed on a Brisbane company after an electrical apprentice was burnt, as reported by SafetyCulture on Friday. The sub-contractor received …

QLD: Company Fined after Electrician Burnt

Reported by Admin | 10 Jun, 2011

A business has been fined $24,000 in the Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court after an electrical apprentice suffered bodily harm whilst he conducted testing on live equipment. The company was charged for breaching Section 27 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 in failing to conduct its business in an electrically safe manner. The court heard the …

QLD: Inquiry into Painter’s Electrical Death

Reported by Admin | 03 May, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) is investigating the death of a painter who was killed in an electrical accident last week. He had been painting a tall signage structure near overhead powerlines on a property that had been undergoing refurbishment for the past one and a half months. There were only a few finishing touches left …

VIC: ‘Be Careful’ Warning Not Enough, Employer Learns

Reported by Admin | 12 Nov, 2010

“Telling your workers to ‘be careful’ isn’t going to cut it,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said after the prosecution of an employer over the death of a worker. The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court has fined the owner of a building company $30,000 after a man fell to his death in …