The WA government has introduced new legislation to help improve the safety of the state’s electricians. The amendments are in response to the deaths of four West Australian electrical workers in the past four years.
Under the new rules, electrical work on or near live electrical installations and equipment will be prohibited, except for rare circumstances where it is impossible to work without the electrical installation being energised, such as testing. The new rules also require the electricity main switch to be turned off before any worker enters the ceiling space of domestic properties.
Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the main contributing factor in workplace electrical incidents was the electrical equipment and installations being energised. Mr. Johnson said government was committed to preventing further tragedies, and to keeping electricians safe at work. “Safety is one of the McGowan Government’s key priorities and I’m confident the new rules will significantly improve worker safety.”
EnergySafety and Worksafe will soon publish a Code of Practice for Persons Working On or Near Energised Electrical Installations and Guidance Note – Working in roof spaces, to assist employers and workers with the amended regulations.
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