A recent electrocution death in north Queensland is a reminder that employers need to conduct a site-specific risk assessment, develop a safe system of work before starting, keep workers and contractors informed about electrical safety.
Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating the incident where a crane came into contact with overhead powerlines. One worker was electrocuted, another suffered serious injuries and a third required hospital treatment.
WHSQ has reminded employers and contractors that overhead and underground powerlines can be identified by consulting maps or talking to the property owner and Energex or Ergon.
There is also an online tool at the Energy Queensland website which makes this check quick and simple.