Essential Energy Safety advice for the construction industry

When it comes to construction, Essential Energy can provide safety advice for people who operate:

  • Excavators
  • Tip trucks
  • Cranes or high machinery
  • Under boring/trenching machinery
  • Civil construction machinery

We also provide advice for trade people.
With all work safety, use these steps as a guide:

  • Spot any hazards and consider the work to be done.
  • Assess the risks from these hazards. What are the possible outcomes?
  • Fix the problem so it's safe to commence work.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the solutions you have put in place. Do they work and how well?

In addition:

  • Never use tools or appliances with damaged power cords.
  • Don't use power tools in wet or damp areas.
  • Make sure you wear proper footwear at work. An electric shock is more likely to be fatal if you're working with bare feet.
  • When digging or excavating, ensure you know the location of all underground powerlines.

Safety stickers

Tiger Tails
Tiger tails are split synthetic tubes installed over powerlines, they protect tradesmen such as roof tilers, plumbers, builders etc from any accidental contact with live powerlines but do not provide full protection from live electricity, they also provide a visual indication of overhead powerlines. These can be requested by completing the form CEOF6529 - Construction Works Near Networks Assets Request and emailing it to

Powerline Markers
Essential Energy recommends property owners mark powerlines to increase their visibility and help prevent incidents occurring. Essential Energy can install the markers at a reasonable cost. If you identify an area of concern please fill out the Powerline Marker Enquiry Form to request further information.

Find out more
Please call 13 23 91 and ask to speak to a member of the Public Safety team, or email

Construction advice
Essential Energy provides advice to the building industry, councils, Accredited Service providers, electrical contractors and any other organisations or individuals working near the overhead and underground electricity network. To obtain advice from Essential Energy please complete section 1 of CEOF6529 - Construction Works Near Networks Assets Request form and email it to
Wherever possible, Essential Energy’s representative should be booked two weeks before work commences.


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