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Electrical apprentice safety

ESV’s electrical apprentice safety campaign was launched in response to a frightening rise in incidents and fatalities of young electrical workers.

In an 18 month period over 2015-16 ESV’s installation safety team investigated four electrical worker fatalities, three of those workers were apprentices and all four were under 25 years of age.

Key messages of the apprentice safety campaign

  • NEVER work live
  • Test before you touch
  • Lock out tag out (LOTO)
  • Always provide effective supervision to apprentices and electrical workers

Apprentice and supervisor safety videos

In July 2017, ESV’s Electrical Installations Safety (EIS) team developed and launched a presentation aimed at first year apprentices to all Victorian TAFE institutes and another aimed at supervisors of young electrical workers.

Watch the two presentations below
Or check them out on our YouTube channel – Apprentices and Supervisor’s

Electrical safety for apprentices

Electrical safety for supervisors of apprentices and workers


Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) kit program

Electrical apprentice lock out tag out kit

To help electrical apprentices work safely and reinforce the safe work practices taught by registered training organisations, ESV provided each new apprentice who commenced training in Jan/Feb 2017 with an ESV apprentice LOTO kit. 

LOTO kits were issued directly to eligible apprentices by their RTO.  At the same time, ESV  collected contact information from each apprentice, so that we can provide them with important industry information we regularly send out to licensed electrical workers.

Each apprentice LOTO kit contained:

  • 1 pair of low voltage insulating gloves
  • 1 Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) kit
  • The ESV LOTO safety guide

Building on this great first step

Our 2017 Apprentice safety and LOTO pilot program was a success; apprentices who received LOTO kits were genuinely appreciative and we thank them for the great feedback.

We want to thank the RTO’s who supported this pilot program and of course appreciate the efforts of our own people who drove it from inception to where we are today – they are passionate about electrical safety and the education of apprentices – our future electrical workers.

We are hoping to build on the success of this program in 2018, including providing 2017 Jun/Jul intake apprentices and 2018 apprentices with kits. Check back here and we’ll let you know how we’re going.

Contact ESV

All electrical workers, including apprentices, can contact ESV to find out more about electrical safety and safe work practices.

For electrical technical questions, call (03) 9203 9700 and select option 2, or email

To report an immediate safety concern or electrical incident call 1800 000 922.

For other concerns or general queries, email

Other resources

For RTO educators

Download the hard copy apprentice registration form HERE.