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:

  • Electrocution
  • 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)
Website: www.1100.com.au

Power and Water Corporation

Telephone: 1800 245 092
Website: www.powerwater.com.au