Electrical Incidents and Prosecutions (Feb – March 24)

The following electrical incidents and prosecutions are but a sample of those occurring across Australia and beyond. Employers and workers are encouraged to ensure all legal requirements and controls are in place when carrying out work to prevent heartache, loss of production, fines, imprisonment, etc. Incident and Prosecution AnalysisIt becomes apparent from the incidents below, […]

Electric Shock Investigations – Part 2

In Part 1, the preplanning and first response phases of an electric shock and/or arc flash incident investigation were discussed in the context that Australia records on average, one electrocution/related fatality per month, and one in every three of these victims belongs to the electrician community. We should also keep in mind that in many […]

Electrical Incidents and Prosecutions (Dec 23 – Jan 24)

The following electrical incidents and prosecutions are but a sample of those occuring across Australia and beyond. Employers and workers are encouraged to ensure all legal requirements and controls are in place when carrying out work to prevent heartache, loss of production, fines, imprisonment, etc. Feature IncidentsBelow are quite a few incidents where contact has […]

Project Safety Reports/Risk Assessments

Any major project, such as building a powerline, will require a safety report/risk assessment to be carried out. This process may also lead to the development of a safe work method statement (SWMS) for the construction phase of the project.One of my network clients recently said “When done right the Designer Safety Report (as they […]

Electric Shock Investigations – Part 1

Electric shock and arc flash incidents continue to pose a grave concern in the electrical industry, despite the prohibition of ‘live’ electrical work by legislation. Disturbingly, Australia records approximately one electrocution-related fatality per month, and one in every three of these victims belongs to the electrical community. In this article (Part 1) looking at electrical […]

Scientific Method

When we conduct an electric shock investigation, we should be following the Scientific Method. This is where we make an observation, form a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, draw a conclusion and then communicate the result. This method provides an objective and standardised approach, it helps to ensure the results are repeatable by anyone and seeks […]

Electrical Incidents and Prosecutions (Sept – Nov 2023)

Electrical incidents and prosecutions we were made aware of since our last newsletter are summarised below. Employers and workers are encouraged to ensure all legal requirements and controls are in place when carrying out work to prevent heartache, loss of production, fines, imprisonment, etc. Florida – a father of four received an electric shock in […]

Working De-Energised

I continue to ‘rabbit on’ about no working ‘live’ and this important topic keeps popping every day. Today’s two reminders were:1. I was tidying up some notes this morning and found an article in an Electrical Connection magazine from 2006 titled ‘Working – dead or live’ where Phil Kreveld says “This ought to be the […]

WA Mines Electrical Safety Conference

PowerLogic was the proud conference partner at the recent WA Mines Electrical Safety Conference in WA. It was great to hear/see all the presentations and network with old and new colleagues. Their were lots of great takeaways, including some that have been supplemented with a little extra info, including:

Climbing Power Poles

Climbing power poles can be dangerous business. Not only is there the risks posed by the electricity but there is also the risk of falling off the pole or the power pole falling over. The latest revision of AS/NZS 4836 details that: In this video, power pole stability is discussed and an accident where a […]