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.
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
Avoiding Utility Strikes video 1 (PDF 165kb)
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
Avoiding Utility Strikes video 2 (PDF 223kb)
Excavation work covers techniques to minimise risks during the excavation process.
Sample - Permit to excavate
Example of an internal process for locating utility services prior to excavation work. (PDF 65kb)
Toolbox 3: Excavation work - Transcript
Avoiding Utility Strikes video 3 (PDF 171kb)
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
Avoiding Utility Strikes video 4 (PDF 225kb)
How to safely build a structure, including a scaffold near an overhead powerline.
Toolbox 5: Building structures near overhead powerlines - Transcript
Avoiding Utility Strikes video 5 (PDF 219kb)
What to do if you strike a gas or power line.
Toolbox 6: When things go wrong - Transcript
Avoiding Utility Strikes video 6 (PDF 291kb)
Additional information is available to help you safely work near underground and overhead utilities:
- Working safely near overhead powerlines by the Office of the Technical Regulator
- Identifying powerlines by the Office of the Technical Regulator
- SA Power Networks Request for Network Access
- Code of Practice - Excavation Work (PDF)
- Dial before you dig accredited cable locators
For tips and advice on work health and safety (WHS) we offer a free workplace advisory service. An experienced WHS advisor can visit your workplace to help you to identify hazards and risks, and put in place practical safety systems that will suit your specific circumstances. Our advisors have no inspector powers, so you can feel comfortable inviting them in to help. Request a visit or call 1300 365 255.