Everyone is responsible for safety. If you are planning on doing work anywhere you may come into contact with poles, power lines, underground cables or any other equipment on the Aurora Energy network, the golden rule is safety first, for yourself and those around you.
Before you start work, you are required, by law, to follow the correct, safe working practices.
If you hit an electricity cable or overhead line, there's a risk of:
- Electric shock
- Flash over
To be electrocuted, you don't have to be touching a live cable or overhead line. A person, machine or tool is the same voltage as the cable from the moment of contact. If the cable is cut by an excavator, or contact is made with an overhead line, anyone touching the machine is likely to be electrocuted. Electricity can also travel through the ground, causing the ground to become live.
If you hit a fibre-optic cable, there’s a risk of:
- Eye damage
Our safety rules
Always follow electrical isolation and operating instructions
Always protect yourself against a fall when working at height
Never work or walk under a suspended load
- Only use equipment for its intended purpose
- Wear personal protective equipment
- Always keep a safe distance from moving vehicles, live equipment and working machinery
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Never use a handheld device
- Always protect the public from your worksite
- Never leave any equipment out where others can access it
Always let someone know where you'll be before you head out and when you'll be back
Always know the emergency response plan