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GETinformed Issue 3

Always play it safe, not just while on-the-job

The team at GET Compliance is dedicated to safety in all areas of life, at work and play.

While play appears to involve a little risk-taking in the pursuit of fun and excitement, work is more serious as someone must be held accountable for their actions, or lack of due diligence.

This is important when it comes to testing electrical work. In the eyes of the worker and in some cases the client, testing is a waste of time. You may say “I installed the wiring, I’m sure I put the cover back on, I connected the wires the same way they were before”.

With over 40 years in the trade, I’m constantly being told “I didn’t know I had to do that test, why is that necessary?” and “I connected the mains the same way the electricity authority connected them”.

These comments prove to me time and time again that workers don’t know what they don’t know. This is called incompetent competency. They go about doing the same thing, not knowing that tests and standards have changed.

Unfortunately these types of assumptions have led to some serious outcomes. Families have been exposed to live parts because a cover was missing. Live wires have been left hanging out of the wall. Even earthing systems including earthed appliances and water taps have been energised to 240 volts.

In all these cases, tests were not conducted by a competent person to prove the work was completed and the installation signed off as electrically safe. An extra half hour on the job to properly test your work could be a life saver when it comes to electrical safety.

And for information, the law (electrical safety regulations) states you must conduct a visual examination and mandatory tests to ensure the installation is electrically safe – AS/NZS3000:2007 Section 8.

If you're unsure of the testing required, register a place on our Testing Course on Friday 10 March. 

If you speed through a school traffic zone and injure a child, you can be fined and legal action taken against you. If you speed through your work and don’t complete the proper electrical safety testing, and a child is injured, the same can apply. Don’t risk it; just for the sake of a half hour.

Stay safe and comply with your duty of care.

Derek Green

Chief Executive Officer

28 February 2017

What you need to know about electrical work in your home

If you have electrical work conducted in your home, two things must happen:
  • Firstly, the power MUST go off at some time; if not then the worker is working live or entering the ceiling with the power still on.
  • Secondly, the worker MUST test their work before they leave the property; this will include running a trailling lead through your house.
These two things MUST happen at some point while the worker is on your property; otherwise he/she is putting you and your family, and themselves, at risk.

More tragedy in Sydney

Just last week there were two reports in New South Wales whereby two men in separate incidents were fatally electrocuted in the home.

The first incident occurred when a
46-year old man working under a house came in contact with live wires. Emergency services were called but the paramedics were unable to reach the man in time to save his life.

The second incident, just five days later, occurred when a 25-year old man, believed to have been working in the roof of a house, was electrocuted. Emergency services had to remove roof tiles to reach the man but sadly revival attempts failed.

We are seeing too many tragedies such as these right across Australia. We must all be more careful and be sure we know how to be safe.

Training is not just for electrical workers, but for anyone who may come in contact with a power source.


Upcoming courses in March

Thursday 9 March

Provide CPR

Perform rescue from a live LV panel (UETTDRRF06B)

Perform pole top rescue (UETTDRRF02B)

Perform elevating work platform rescue (UETTDRRF03B)


Friday 10 March

Apply currency of safe working practices and compliance verification of electrical installations (Qualified Technical Person)


Friday 31 March

Electrical awareness for non-electrical workers (Authorised Person Training)

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