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Electrical safety alert: Worker receives high voltage electric shock from powerlines

1 February 2016

High voltage incident - beware working around powerlines

This alert is issued to inform all persons managing construction sites or working within the construction industry of the dangers of overhead powerlines. It follows another incident of a worker being hospitalised after making contact with live overhead powerlines  and receiving a high voltage electric shock.

  • On Monday 30 January a worker on a scaffold received a serious electric shock from the high voltage overhead powerline adjacent to a construction site in a northern suburb of Melbourne.
  • The worker was hospitalised with significant and life threatening injuries.
  • The incident is currently under investigation by WorkSafe Victoria and Energy Safe Victoria.
  • Builders, contractors and workers are reminded to:
    • identify any overhead powerlines that will be a hazard to those working onsite and to reduce the risks, so far as is reasonably practicable,
    • maintain clearances to overhead powerlines, and
    • if a permit to work is issued by the local power company, comply with all the permit’s requirements.

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