Safety on the job
Job safety analysis
Before commencing work on any job our electricians assess the site thoroughly for potential risks. It’s not uncommon when there is an electrical fault that the insulation foil under a house and even the earth can become live, along with metal pipes and any other electrical conductor – so it’s vital we do these checks. We are regularly required to sign Electrical Safety Certificates and we can only sign these if in fact the site is electrically safe.
Confined spaces and awkward access
Any time one of our team puts their head and shoulders into a pit this is classified as a ‘confined space’ entry. A second person will be required on the job to monitor gas levels before, during and after the technician is in the pit. This second person is legally responsible for issuing a permit for their co-worker to enter, and this legal document must be date/time stamped.
If there is any situation which makes access potentially difficult for our technician – getting him out or getting himself out should there be an incident, that is classified as ‘awkward access’. Having a second person enables us to have a plan in place for a prompt and safe rescue if required.
If you have hard to reach equipment, we provide quotes to modify access so you avoid the additional costs next time. For example, adjusting the pipe work in a storm water chamber so you can remove the pump without reaching right down to the bottom of the pit.
“I paid for a second man to be on site, and all he did was stand around on his phone!”
Don’t worry, he’s wasn’t checking Facebook. During a confined space entry, our technicians are in constant contact with each other, with the man on the surface recording gas level readings. This equipment is sophisticated and needs to be regularly calibrated and recharged to ensure it does its job – after all we are talking about people’s lives.
For more information on the legal requirements for working in a confined space visit the WorkSafe website.