Electrical safety awareness
Working near powerlines and underground cables can be very dangerous and it is important that safe distances are maintained. If you are undertaking any work, you need to know the relevant guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Safe approach distances can apply to:
View our Building Near Powerlines brochure for more information.
Zone C (No Go Zone): No one may work within;
No one shall work in the No Go Zone without written authority from TasNetworks. Written authority may constitute a TasNetworks Permit to work, or other formal documentation such approval of a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or higher-level methodology.
Zone B: Authorised Persons may work in Zone B. Authorised Persons are defined as:
It is the responsibility of the employer to determine if a worker has the appropriate workplace competence, experience and qualifications to act as an Authorised Person in any zone. This includes holding UETDREL006 / UETDREL005 at a minimum.
The clearances in Figure 2 is for Authorised persons only. Authorised persons are allowed to within 1 metre of positively identified low voltage conductors and telecommunications cables.
To be trained as an Authorised Person, you need to complete either UETDREL005 Working safely near live electrical apparatus or UETDREL006 Work safely in the vicinity of live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker (PDF). You can enrol for this course via our online Training Portal.
Tiger tails are yellow and black coloured tubes that are clipped together over power lines. They provide a visual aid of live overhead power lines to help prevent electrical accidents. Only TasNetworks or our Authorised Service Providers can install Tiger Tails to powerlines.