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.

So we can help you out, for work near both Essential Energy's overhead and underground network assets, please complete CEOF1130 - Request for Safety Advice - Working Near Overhead Powerlines and email it to

Wherever possible, we will need at least two weeks notice before work commences.

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.

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

Powerline Markers

We recommend property owners mark powerlines to increase their visibility and help prevent incidents occurring. We can install the markers at a reasonable cost. If you identify an area of concern please fill out the Powerline Marker Enquiry Form to request further information.

Powerline Marker Enquiry Form

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