Construction Safety

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We provide advice to the building industry, councils, Accredited Service Providers, electrical contractors and any other organisations or individuals working near the overhead and underground electricity network.

Before you start work

Working near Essential Energy's overhead and underground network assets? Complete  CEOF1130 - Request for Safety Advice - Working Near Overhead Powerlines and email it to and one of our team will be in touch. This is a requirement for all work that cannot maintain the safe clearances set out in the Working Near Overhead Powerlines Code of Practice. 

Wherever possible, we will need at least two weeks notice before work commences. For further information on electrical safety in the workplace within New South Wales visit SafeWork NSW or for information relating to workplaces within Queensland visit WorkCover QLD – Electrical Safety Office.

Plan ahead to stay safe – stay clear when powerlines are near

  • Make sure everyone on your worksite knows where the powerlines are and what the required clearances are
  • Assess your worksite for potential hazards and consider the work you are doing
  • Assess the risks and consider ways to mitigate or minimise the risks
  • 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. Contact Dial Before You Dig for advice
  • Make sure all equipment or machinery is fully lowered before moving off

Look up and Live

Identify the location of overhead and underground powerlines on your property using the Look Up and Live app. Look Up and Live has made overhead powerline locations and imagery available to the public online, at no cost, via an interactive geospatial map. The app provides the ability to search locations in real time and to overlay maps with third party mapping programs, or print, as required. Visit

Tiger Tails

Tiger tails are split synthetic tubes installed over powerlines, they protect tradesmen such as roof tilers, plumbers, builders etc from any accidental contact with live powerlines but do not provide full protection from live electricity, they also provide a visual indication of overhead powerlines. These can be requested by completing the form CEOF1130 - Request For Safety Advice - Working Near Powerlines and emailing it to for actioning.

Powerline Markers

Essential Energy can install overhead powerline markers on your property to help increase the visibility of powerlines. Visit  to request aerial markers on your worksite. You can also use ground barriers or install appropriate signage at least 8 to 10 metres either side of powerlines.

Order safety collateral

Essential Energy can provide free safety stickers for use in vehicles and machinery – which can serve as a great reminder of what to do if your vehicle contacts powerlines and can also be used to record the height of your machinery in raised and lowered positions. Order safety collateral

What to do if something goes wrong

If your machinery or equipment comes into contact with the overhead or underground electricity network it’s important you know how to respond.

  • Stay in your vehicle and call 000 immediately
  • If escape is absolutely necessary, jump well clear to avoid contact with the vehicle and ground at the same time
  • When you jump land with your feet together. Do not touch the vehicle, fall or allow your feet to step apart
  • You must shuffle or jump, with your feet together until you are at least 8 metres clear of the vehicle, powerlines or anything else in contact with them
  • Once clear, do not return to the vehicle for any reason
  • Call us on 132080
  • Remember to never approach a vehicle to assist in an evacuation and always treat powerlines as if they are ‘live’.

For more information email or call 13 23 91 and ask to speak to a member of the Public Safety team.