Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

ETU Safety Ban

Paul Lister - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

As a result of the fatal electrical incident at Essential Energy on the 2nd September 2013, ALL ETU NSW (& ACT) members are advised that there are safety bans on the following work;
 
The restringing, re-tensioning or removal of overhead conductors where there are energised circuits either above or below the circuit being worked on.
 
Any restringing, re-tensioning or removal of conductors should only be completed where the circuits are de-energised and under an Access Permit where required.

 
If you have any questions in relation to this notice as outlined above please talk to your workplace delegate or your ETU organiser.

Essential Energy Fatality - Update

Paul Lister - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Following is an update following yesterday’s fatality at Essential Energy. Members are advised that the worker was a 47 year old father of three from the Bulahdelah depot. A husband and colleague that set off to work in the morning and never came home.
 
It would appear that an out of service conductor became energized whilst the employee was assisting with it's removal. An energized HV circuit was located above the out of service conductor being worked on.
 
As advised in our previous safety alert there will be several investigations into this incident before we know exactly what went wrong. Essential Energy and WorkCover are both currently investigating this incident however it is also possible that this incident will be investigated by the Police or Coroner.
 
Your union has written to Vince Graham seeking answers to a list of questions that we have relating to this incident and we would expect that this matter get his full attention as a matter of urgency.
 
The ETU will also be redoubling our efforts to have Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) rolled out across our workplaces to ensure that if something does go horribly wrong then you have the best possible chance at surviving to see your family again.
 
If you have any questions in relation to this notice please talk to your workplace delegate or your ETU organiser. It is important that we all look out for each other because if we don’t look out for each other no one will.
 
The ETU has issued a Safety Ban to all members and we request that you observe these restrictions for your own safety.

Essential Energy Fatality

Paul Lister - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

You may have read in the news or heard through industry channels that yesterday an Essential Energy employee was fatally injured after coming into contact with live conductors. The incident occurred at 10.30am near Foster with ambulance crews unable to revive the employee.
 
Upon hearing of the incident ETU Secretary Steve Butler and Organiser Brad McDougall travelled to Foster where both WorkCover and Essential Energy have commenced investigations. Our thoughts are with the workers family and colleagues at this time and we will keep members informed of any matters arising from this tragic incident.
 
Click here to read the Essential Energy Safety Alert which provides additional context to this incident, members should read this notice and follow any advice/directions.