Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

ETU Safety Ban

- 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

- 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

- 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.

Redmond Gary EWP Incident

- Monday, July 22, 2013

All members are encouraged to read the Incident Report issues by Redmond Gary.

Endeavour Energy Safety Notice

- Monday, July 22, 2013

All members are encouraged to read the safety notice issued by Endeavour Energy.

Convert to Direct Debit, Protect Your Membership

- Thursday, June 27, 2013

The union is aware that Essential Energy, Ausgrid and possibly Endeavour Energy have written to members stating that ETU members must advise the company in writing in order to increase your payroll deductions to reflect 2013/14 membership fees and the inclusion of the levy.

The increases to Union dues were determined in accordance with the rules of our union and were advised to management in the normal manner.

These employers have never had a problem with increasing deductions as advised by the union in the past and we can only assume that their fundamental shift in position has something to do with our so far successful Stop the Sell Off campaign and the union’s effectiveness in representing members employed by these companies.

Put simply the easiest way to circumvent this is for all members to now change from payroll deductions to direct debit.

To switch to direct debit complete the attached direct debit form and return it to the union either by reply paid post or by scanning and emailing it to the union (see details below).

If you wish to remain on payroll deductions please see the attached rates for 2013/14 of which you will need to advise payroll of in writing (an email is acceptable).

However, for those members opting to stay on payroll deductions we can no longer guarantee that you will continue to remain “financial” given that these sorts of games are likely to continue, this may leave you unprotected particularly when it comes to Journey Cover.

I am asking all members to complete the attached direct debit form and return it by reply paid post to: ETU NSW Branch, Reply Paid 67073, Sydney NSW 2000 or scan and email it to etunsw@etunsw.asn.au. No stamp is required when using the reply paid address.

It is reassuring to know that our union is so effective that your bosses want to play silly games, but we also recognise it is an inconvenience, one brought about by your employer – please complete the direct debit form today and make sure you remain protected at work.


Distribution Industry Hazard Alert

- Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Please read the Hazard Alerts issued by Endeavour Energy listed below.