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Western Australia Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations Bill Johnston

New Regulations To Improve Safety For Electricians

Victor P Taffa

  • Amendments to regulations to improve safety for electricians
  • Electrical work on/near live electrical installations or equipment will be prohibited, except for rare circumstances

McGowan Government has introduced new legislation to help improve the safety of electricians and other workers.

“New regulations follow the deaths of 4 Western Australian electrical workers in the past 4 years.” Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations Bill Johnston said.

“An electrician was electrocuted while working in the roof space of a Yokine property in March 2016. This fatality bears many similarities with the tragic death of 18-year-old Jayden Zappelli in 2013.”

Occupational Safety and Health, and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations have been amended to address workers being killed by electricity in roof spaces or domestic dwellings.

Under the new rules, electrical work on or near live electrical installations and equipment will be prohibited, except for rare circumstances where it is impossible to work without the electrical installation being energised, such as testing.

Even in these cases, strict control measures will be implemented to ensure the work can be done safely.

Another amendment will require the electricity main switch to be turned off before any workers enter the ceiling space of domestic properties.

EnergySafety and Worksafe will publish a Code of Practice for Persons Working On or Near Energised Electrical Installations and Guidance Note, Working in roof spaces to assist employers and workers with the amended regulations.

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