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Power lines

When machinery, equipment or other objects come close to or make contact with overhead power lines, it can result in death, electric shock and significant property damage.

If you’re doing work near overhead power lines, take these minimum precautions:

  • do a risk assessment before you start work. Your safety control measures may include consulting with TasNetworks
  • do not enter or work inside the overhead electrical line no go zones unless you have written permission from TasNetworks or the private owner of the line, whichever is applicable
  • make sure every time your worksite is moved, you thoroughly check the distances between your worksite and the electrical lines
  • do not store, stack or keep objects, plant, machinery or equipment beneath overhead electrical lines
  • complete a safe work method statement if you’re doing construction work near an electrical installation
  • know the exact height of your equipment; specifically, the exact height when it is fully raised or extended. Take into account factors such as height when loaded on a transporter, the movement of any load being lifted, and the ground conditions
  • set a dedicated safety observer to observe clearances and provide direction to the operator
  • be vigilant at all times.

Resources and solutions

WorkSafe Tasmania

Safe work method statement (SWMS)

Other resources

Dial Before You Dig (external link)

TasNetworks (external link)

Working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electric lines guidance material: Safe Work Australia (external link)

Updated: 4th December 2019