The West Australian government has rewritten the Code of Practice for persons working on or near energised electrical installations.
From April 2018, it will be an offence to work on or near energised electrical installations unless it can be proven that under Regulation 55 there is ‘no reasonable alternative’, for example, urgent repair works and the occupant is on life support equipment.
This Code of Practice is aimed to save lives, especially those trades that are not qualified electricians who enter roof spaces, not able to assess what might or might not be live! Homeowners who enter their own roof space with live power face a very real risk, and should switch the mains off in your switchboard first (ensure a visual is done check before touching any switch and if in doubt, call a qualified electrician).
ComSpark have long held a ‘no live work’ policy and will continue to support our staff in this policy, finding workable solutions with our clients to ensure the safety of all.
On a rare occasion Live Work is undertaken (such as electrical installation testing) our technicians follow strict Safe Work Method Statements and procedures to ensure this is done as safely as possible.
Homeowner’s note – ‘A person having control of the workplace or control of access to the workplace’ is responsible in following this code of practice. If any trade visits your domestic property and needs access into the roof space, all power must be isolated before the tradesperson enters the space. If by your action, you either do not allow the power to be turned off, or re-energise the power whilst someone is still in the roof space, you will be liable should any harm befall that person. Stay safe and switch off!