OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Rule 4-204 Control of tree work

A qualified utility employee must be in control of the tree work. This is because the qualified utility employee is familiar with the hazards associated with the electric system and the appropriate controls.

“Control” means having systems and processes in place to monitor the work activities and mitigate any hazards that might occur related to the work activities. It also means assisting with securing work permissions and establishing the safe work area. The qualified utility employee can be an operator-in-charge as long as he or she can effectively control the tree work.