OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 32 Excavating and Tunnelling

Section 454 Power pole support

The collapse of a power pole could expose workers to both a falling pole structure and to one or more energized power line conductors. The employer must therefore ensure that when disturbing the ground in the vicinity of an overhead power line, doing so does not reduce the original pole support provided.

When the impact of the planned activity is uncertain, it is suggested that the owner of the power pole or utility be contacted before any work begins. Readers are reminded that the requirements of Part 17 of the OHS Code must be met when working in the vicinity of overhead power lines.