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Erecting, dismantling and use of scaffold near overhead powerlines



If the erected scaffold or erection process causes scaffold components to come anywhere above or within 5 metres below and 4.6 metres horizontally to the side electrical powerline and, then a Permit to Work (PTW) from the power distribution company may be required for the work to proceed.

To ensure workers are not put at risk from overhead powerlines during the erecting and dismantling, or use of the scaffold; it is essential the power distribution company is contacted for advice and information if the scaffold or components will be within the No Go Zone (see diagram above).

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and Worksafe Victoria consider that the use of an ‘ESV Spotter’ is not an adequate measure to control No Go Zone risks during the erection and dismantling of scaffolding. If erecting scaffolding within the No Go Zone the asset owner (Distribution Business, or traction company) must be contacted.

Guidelines for scaffolding

Further information regarding working with scaffolding near overhead powerlines and service lines read our Guidelines for Scaffolding near Overhead Powerlines and Guidelines for Scaffolding near Service Lines.