Plant & Powerlines
Across Australia and the rest of the world, there are way too many stories of fatalities and near fatalities resulting from interaction between plant & powerlines.
At Plant Assessor, we see the issue of ensuring safe systems of work for plant around powerlines as a real challenge. There is a wealth of information available today regarding working around powerlines. In Australia, the best sources of this information include safety regulators and energy industry participants such as regional energy distributors.
APPLICATION OF THE HIERARCHY OF CONTROLS
The application of the hierarchy of controls is crucial in dealing with any safety hazard. Review of regulator and distributor guidance highlights a consistent approach by these authorities to the application of the hierarchy of controls in relation to safety when working around powerlines.
The guidance contains the following key themes: