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(@lulvic)
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17/06/2019 2:10 pm  

A couple of photos posted by a member of the "Crappy Electrical" FB group on the weekend. If you have a FB account you may be able to follow the discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157378047594711

I believe it's a work-site in WA. The first photo purportedly shows a service line about 600mm from the scaffolding, but some additional photos suggest it's on a corner and also in proximity to HV lines - which is a greater concern. How far is not clear, but none of the photos include any visual flags or covers such as tiger-tails, so I do wonder if there's even permit(s) or if they're being compliant.

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(@chasr-97)
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23/06/2019 10:31 pm  

What are the regulations in WA with distances within powerlines? I would think they will be similar to our ones here in Victoria


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(@lulvic)
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24/06/2019 9:43 am  

The WA electrical distribution network seems to be one of the few that hasn't been sold off by their State Governments & seems to be managed solely by Western Power.

I did a quick search and the equivalent of our "No Go Zones" (called Danger Zones) are as close as 1m for overhead LV assets.

It's hard to know if the job site is or isn't being compliant here. The person who posted the photo claims the traffic light supply lineĀ  is as close as 600 mm to the scaffolding - but that is supposedly an insulated line. I'm more concerned about the HV which the photographer/ poster claims is "closer than it looks".

It's hard to gain a perspective when you're a few thousand km away looking at a PC screen, so it's not for me to judge. But one thing it seems to be missing are physical barriers between the scaffolding and the conductors. It's not just the scaffolders that need to build their structure around the hazard, but everyone that follows and has to work on the scaffolding once complete. If you can physically reach or you're working with materials etc that can reach the conductors without anything to stop you, then the risk of something going wrong is unacceptably high.

https://westernpower.com.au/media/2341/working-safely-around-the-western-power-network-handbook-20170508.pdf

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