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Utility strikes


In collaboration with industry stakeholders we have developed a six part series Avoiding Utility Strikes that outline what you need to know to avoid striking underground utilities and overhead power lines.

This toolbox series has been designed to assist business operators comply with their work health and safety responsibilities.

Video 1: Underground essential services

How to access free underground essential service information. Before you dig, it's essential to know what underground infrastructure is in your work area.

Toolbox 1: Underground essential services information - Transcript
PDF icon Avoiding Utility Strikes video 1 (PDF 165kb)

Video 2: Locating underground utilities

Locating underground utilities is a vital process in avoiding a utility strike. This video explains how to look for visual clues, using cable locators and why potholing is a critical process. 

Toolbox 2: Locating underground utilities - Transcript
PDF icon Avoiding Utility Strikes video 2 (PDF 223kb)

Video 3: Excavation work

Excavation work covers techniques to minimise risks during the excavation process.

Sample - Permit to excavate
PDF icon Example of an internal process for locating utility services prior to excavation work. (PDF 65kb)

Toolbox 3: Excavation work - Transcript
PDF icon Avoiding Utility Strikes video 3 (PDF 171kb)

Video 4: Working near overhead powerlines

Before working near overhead powerlines, it's important to understand the safe approach limits for people and minimum safe clearance distances for machinery to ensure work is carried out safely.

Toolbox 4: Working near overhead powerlines - Transcript
PDF icon Avoiding Utility Strikes video 4 (PDF 225kb)

Video 5: Building near power lines

How to safely build a structure, including a scaffold near an overhead powerline.

Toolbox 5: Building structures near overhead powerlines - Transcript
PDF icon Avoiding Utility Strikes video 5 (PDF 219kb)

Video 6: When things go wrong

What to do if you strike a gas or power line.

Toolbox 6: When things go wrong - Transcript
PDF icon Avoiding Utility Strikes video 6 (PDF 291kb)

Further information

Additional information is available to help you safely work near underground and overhead utilities: