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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Video 5: Building near power lines

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

Video 6: When things go wrong

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


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

Free information, advice and support

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.