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Don’t work live – stay alive

Stay alive - never work live

Stay alive. Never work live

Never work live on switchboards or electrical installations. Always disconnect the electricity supply before starting work.

This is a message for all registered electrical contractors, licensed electricians and other licence holders.

There’s no excuse for cutting corners, even when you’re under the pump.

Victoria’s Electricity Safety Act 1998 (the Act) requires that contractors and electricians do not expose themselves to unnecessary risks. It states that contractors and electricians must disconnect the power supply or take adequate precautions to prevent electric shock or injury.

For more information, read our Stay alive never work live brochure, here.

Working safely

Before starting work speak to the customer and agree on a suitable time to disconnect the electricity supply.

Don’t be pressured by anybody to work live. If you can’t reach an agreement walk away – you have a right to refuse to work live.

Don’t risk electrocution or serious injury – you may not get a second chance.

Be a bright sparkie


  • Plan and discuss the job
  • Disconnect the electrical supply before starting work
  • Confirm isolations are correct and test with suitable instruments
  • Confirm connections are correct
  • Test completed work for compliance with the wiring rules (AS/NZS 3000)


  • Try to save time by eliminating procedures and risk assessment
  • Allow customers to leave the electricity supply on
  • Work on energised equipment
  • Overlook isolating and proving all equipment and control circuits are safely isolated.