Safety issues spark change
THE biggest electrical industry shake-up in years will have little impact on work done at residential properties, local electricians say.
The State Government announced last week that it would introduce laws prohibiting live electrical work and requiring that main power switches be turned off whenever any work occurs in a roof space.
Andrew Pocklington, of Aptech Electrics, said forcing the power to be off would affect commercial and industrial work, which might now need to be done out of hours, on weekends or at night.
Master Electricians Australia expects costs would rise as contractors passed on any extra expense for out-of-hours work, a point backed by both Mr Pocklington and Kyda Electrical’s Daniel Hill.
Mr Hill, who lives in Tuart Hill, said the bans were a step in the right direction for safety.
He was taught from his apprenticeship that there was no reason to work with live power – except in exceptional circumstances – and he already operated that way.
That stance generally resonated with residential customers, with people obliging if electricians said they needed to switch off power supplies.
“There’s no reason to work live,” Mr Hill said.
Mr Pocklington, of Dawesville, said not working live had been a requirement for electricians for some time.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the Government’s planned measures were in response to the deaths of three electrical workers in the past two years.