Essential Energy Safety advice for the construction industry

When it comes to construction, Essential Energy can provide safety advice for people who operate:

  • Excavators
  • Tip trucks
  • Cranes or high machinery
  • Under boring/trenching machinery
  • Civil construction machinery

We also provide advice for trade people.
With all work safety, use these steps as a guide:

  • Spot any hazards and consider the work to be done.
  • Assess the risks from these hazards. What are the possible outcomes?
  • Fix the problem so it's safe to commence work.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the solutions you have put in place. Do they work and how well?

In addition:

  • Never use tools or appliances with damaged power cords.
  • Don't use power tools in wet or damp areas.
  • Make sure you wear proper footwear at work. An electric shock is more likely to be fatal if you're working with bare feet.
  • When digging or excavating, ensure you know the location of all underground powerlines.

Click on the downloadable documents below to find out more about safety in construction.
Title Size Date
CEOP8041 - Work near Essential Energy's underground assets  889KB 24/03/14
Asbestos 425KB N/A
Look up - poster 657KB N/A
Transporting high loads 143KB N/A
Electricity and Plumbing Safety 260KB N/A
Electricity and Scaffolding Safety 162KB N/A
Electricity and Your Worksite Safety 176KB N/A
Emergency response to a Powerline Incident 346KB N/A
Working Near Overhead Powerlines 222KB N/A
Increase Visibility of Powerlines 223KB N/A
Are you being SAFE? 344KB N/A

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