Working with or near electricity is dangerous which is why WorkSafe has set down minimum safe practices for doing work near electricity and communications networks. Read their Guide for Safety with Underground Services.

We strictly enforce health and safety across our networks. If anyone is found breaching the laws and regulations listed, we will refer the matter to WorkSafe for investigation. We may also take legal action to recover the cost of repairs and lost business from anyone responsible for damaging our network infrastructure. 

You and all contractors you employ must know and follow these safe working practice laws and regulations when carrying out work: 

Electricity Act 1992 and amendments

The Electricity Act is designed to protect the health and safety of members of the public in connection to electricity and provide for the regulation, supply, and use of electricity in New Zealand.

Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and amendments

The Electrical (Safety) Regulations govern electrical safety, and are intended to support businesses to understand how to manage particular electrical hazards.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 is New Zealand's workplace health and safety law. It came into effect on 4 April 2016.

New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice for Electrical Safe Distances

This Code sets minimum safe electrical distance requirements for overhead electric line installations and other works associated with the supply of electricity from generating stations to end users.