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 …

VIC: Worker Receives Electric Shock While Dismantling Sign

Reported by Julia | 11 Nov, 2010

A worker has received an electric shock in Northern Melbourne when he came into contact with an overhead powerline on Tuesday. 22,000 volts coursed through his body before a colleague was able to save him by kicking him free. The two were working at height while taking down an advertising across the entrance road of …

VIC: Companies, Director Prosecuted After Overhead Powerline Accident

Reported by Julia | 26 Oct, 2010

Two companies and a director have been fined after a worker touched an overhead powerline on a construction site. The Melbourne Magistrate‚Äôs Court has convicted the construction company responsible for the site and its director on Thursday. They were fined $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. The roofing company that employed the 21-year-old victim was also convicted …

Rules Prevent Senators from Fixing Own Lightbulbs

Reported by Julia | 21 Oct, 2010

Politicians and their staff reckon they can handle changing a lightbulb. However, existing occupational health and safety rules require a qualified electrician to do the job. The situatation was brought up during a Senate hearing when Liberal Eric Abetz told his colleagues about his experience. He said he was prevented from replacing a lightbulb in …

VIC: Excavators urged to work safely around powerlines

Reported by Julia | 10 Jul, 2010

A major electrical distributor is pushing for awareness about electricity supply lines for operators of excavating equipment. Seven serious accidents have been reported in the past month, including an incident at Warracknabeal and another at Horsham. Ryan Auger, Powercor’s corporate affairs adviser, said small excavators had made contact with overhead and underground supply lines in …

QLD: Company Charged over Insulation Worker Fatality

Reported by Julia | 29 Jun, 2010

A Rockhampton firm has been charged by the Queensland’s Justice Department for safety breaches following an investigation into an insulation worker fatality last year. A 16-year-old worker was working in the ceiling of a Stanwell home in central Queensland in November 2009. He was installing fibreglass insulation when he was electrocuted. The company is being …

NSW: Coroner Testifies on Worker’s Death

Reported by Julia | 07 Jun, 2010

The coroner has stated in an inquiry that an electrician who was killed in 2008 was most likely electrocuted while working near powerlines in southern NSW. The inquiry heard the 53-year-old man was found near live powerlines at a Mulwala factory in December 2008 just before collapsing. He was taken to a hospital, but he …

QLD: Farmers Advised on Powerlines

Reported by Julia | 02 Jun, 2010

Over 3,000 farmers from across Queensland have received a notice from an electric provider, advising them be mindful of overhead powerlines. John Fowler, an Ergon Energy spokesman, said there were 24 incidents involving overhead powerlines in the Burdekin, in north Queensland, last year. Mr Fowler said with the start of cane harvesting in the region …

VIC: Two Dead in Farm Accident

Reported by Julia | 16 Mar, 2010

A windmill installation gone wrong has left two people dead and two others injured at around 11.45am today in western Victoria. Early reports indicate the workers were installing a windmill on a farm near Rainbow north-west of Horsham, when it struck overhead power lines. Two of the workers were electrocuted while two suffered serious burns. …