New on-the-spot fines to reduce electrical safety incidents

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Two new electrical safety on the spot fines have been introduced on 30 June to ensure that workers are safe while working around power lines, following 9 serious electrical safety incidents in the past 12 months.

The State Penalties and Enforcement Regulation 2014 was amended and two new infringement notices for breaches of the requirements under the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 for working near overhead or underground power lines were introduced.

In 2016, 4 people died while working on power lines, while other people have suffered electric shocks and electrical burns.

Our current data shows that tree loppers, billboard and signage installers, construction workers and those working on the land are most at risk.

Workplace health and safety inspectors will now be able to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $3000 to businesses who fail to identify the risks and implement appropriate controls.

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