Working near powerlines

Working near overhead powerlines and underground cables can be very dangerous and it is important that safe distances are maintained. If you are undertaking any work you need to know the relevant guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

Overhead powerlines

Guidelines for working near overhead powerlines apply to work done from ladders and scaffolding or using machinery.

No one may work within the 3 metre No Go Zone of overhead powerlines, unless they have advised Aurora Energy and received written authorisation for the work.

no go zone

Written authorisation still requires safe measures and controls to be implemented before and during the work activities, and these may include any or all of the following:

  • turning off the overhead conductors
  • relocation or removal of the overhead conductors
  • restricted worksite entry
  • control of work activity should the planned activities change
  • the use of safety observers
  • installation of appropriate barriers, hoarding or warning devices, etc.

Work within safe approach distances can be undertaken, as long as physical warnings are provided and no one else enters the area. Safe approach distances are based on the type of work and need to be assessed individually.

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To arrange for an assessment, please contact Aurora's Call Centre on 1300 13 2003.

Underground cables

The type of cables that can be found underground include high and low voltage, oil-filled cables, submarine cables, consumer mains, earth and road light switch and pilot wires. The depths that these cables are buried at can vary - generally they are approximately 500mm deep or below, but in some cases cables can be 300-350mm deep.

If you intend to dig more than 300mm you need to call Dial Before You Dig on 1100.