No Go Zones

"No Go Zones" are defined distances for safety clearances surrounding overhead powerlines.

Working near powerlines

Do you undertake work in near overhead powerlines using large vehicles, plant or equipment including scaffolds?

If the answer is YES, then please read ESV's FAQs about No Go Zones for more information.

No Go Zones

No Go Zone framework document review

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), in partnership with Worksafe Victoria and other relevant stakeholders, has undertaken a review of the Framework For Undertaking Work Near Overhead And Underground Assets (No Go Zone). The purpose of the review was to simplify and provide clarity regarding the framework for the construction industry and general public.

The need to simplify and clarify the framework document arose from both ESV and Worksafe regularly being approached by various stakeholders seeking guidance and clarification on how to apply the framework requirements.

As a result, in October 2014, a working group was established consisting of representatives from regulators, registered training organisations, unions and the building industry to meet monthly and complete the review of the current Framework document (circa 2006).

 The aim of the group was to:

  • Simplify and provide clarity when using mobile plant near overhead electrical assets
  • Better explain the deemed to comply provisions
  • Provide diagrams and examples relevant to the construction industry
  • Remove the underground content from the document - underground requirements are covered in a separate document.

The working group has now produced a draft document titled Using Powered Mobile Plant near Overhead Electrical Assets. It is important to point out that the No Go Zone principles and distances have not changed in the revised document.

The working group is now seeking feedback and comment from all stakeholders and concerned parties in relation to the revised draft document. Please click here for a copy of Using Powered Mobile Plant near Overhead Electrical Assets and the feedback form (open this form in Internet Explorer).

Please complete the feedback form and return by COB Friday 12 February 2016. All comments and feedback will be reviewed and considered by the working group prior to publishing the revised document in the second quarter of 2016.

Look Up And Live or Dead And Buried

In response to electricity-related deaths and accidents on work sites, ESV has taken a lead role in establishing a "best practice" approach for mechanical plant and equipment such as mobile cranes, tipping trucks, concrete pumping machines, scaffolding and elevated work platforms being operated in near overhead powerlines.

This initiative, known as the "No Go Zone" involved the development, introduction and communication of a consistent set of rules for the construction industry when working near overhead power lines.

To read more about "Look Up And Live or Dead And Buried", obtain stickers, brochures and educational DVDs from ESV, visit our campaign pages.

Taking care near powerlines on worksites

Powerlines have become so much a part of our outdoor landscape that it is easy to forget they are there.

When the sun is in your eyes, trees in your line of vision or you need to be watching something else, you may not see how close you are to nearby powerlines.

Anyone who uses machinery on work sites such as cranes, concrete placing booms, excavating equipment, elevating work platforms and scaffolding must look at what is above as well as getting the job done.

Rules for working near powerlines

ESV has developed a set of rules for working near power lines. Read these rules in our Look Up and Live brochure.

Guidance on scaffolding

ESV has recently published some guidance information regarding scaffolding.  

For information on scaffolding near overhead powerlines, please click HERE.

For information on scaffolding near service lines, please click HERE. 


A spotter must be used when working inside specified clearances near overhead powerlines. Several organisations provide training for spotters. To be eligible to attend a training course, you must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Click here for list of general requirements
  • Click here for a listing of organisations that provide spotter training

If you require the services of a Spotter, contact one of the organisations on this list.

More information

For more information relating to 'No Go Zones', visit the WorkSafe Victoria website.

Click HERE to view an electrical safety video for urban workers

Click HERE to view an electrical safety video for rural workers.