At my business
Whether your business is office-based, or out in the field, you have a responsibility to ensure the safety of your workers around electricity.
Safety at and around the office
Test your electrical Equipment
Ensure your workers are safe by having regular ‘tag and test’ checks performed on your electrical equipment in the office, and ensuring all electrical work is carried out by a qualified electrician.
Look out for Overhead Power Lines
Always ensure you apply for a Safety Disconnection before working within four metres of overhead power lines, as electricity can ‘jump’ to nearby conductors (and that includes you!).
- Never storeequipment, pallets etc directly under powerlines
- Close approach permit is required when working within 4 meters of overhead powerlines
- Ensure truck mounted cranes or tip truckers are lowered when working around powerlines.
Find Underground Cables
This service ensures any digging you intend to carry out can be done without any risk of hitting underground Unison-owned electricity or fibre-optic cables – reword and remove done without any risk as we cant guarantee this all we can do is identify the cables before someone digs
Always Maintain your Service Lines
In some cases, the power lines and poles on your premise are your responsibility to maintain. If your service line needs maintenance, contact us for a quote. If you are unsure who owns the line, contact us and we can let you know.
Safety for Businesses that are working closely to Unison Assets
You must obtain a permit from Unison if you plan to:
- Carry out work within four metres of power lines– such as operating plant, machinery or high, trimming trees, erecting or dismantling scaffolding and working on roofs or high buildings.
- Excavate ordig within five metres of a power pole or power box(including transformers) of any size or voltage.
Ensure you and your workers are aware of the safety risks and required control measures of working around electricity equipment. We offer a free education service for businesses working in close proximity to our electricityassets.
Email [email protected] to enquire about, or book, a free 'Be Aware, Electricity Kills, training programme.