Electrical hazards associated with underground cables
This information bulletin describes a number of hazards that exist when working above, in proximity to, or exposing low voltage and high voltage underground cables.
These hazards may result in:
- Damage to underground electrical assets
- Disruption of the electricity supply, an essential service.
Which may result in:
- Police, NT WorkSafe and Coronial Investigations
- Criminal prosecution
- Civil prosecution
- Substantial project delays
- Lost time injuries.
Work in proximity to underground cables without the written authority of the operator of the electricity infrastructure is a breach of Regulation 21 of the Electricity Reform (Safety and Technical) Regulations.
- A person must not place or maintain a corrosive, abrasive, heavy or deleterious material or substance above an underground cable.
- A person must not excavate near underground cables or reduce the depth of ground cover over cables.
- A person must not remove, tamper with or cover any underground cable marker.
Remember! You can’t see underground cables – Always dial before you dig.
Dial Before You Dig
Phone: 1100 (Australia Wide)
Power and Water Corporation
Telephone: 1800 245 092