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Electricity

Information on electricity in the workplace

Electricity is a relatively frequent cause of workplace injuries and deaths and does not have to be high voltage to cause electrocution. Electrical hazards exist in almost every workplace and the smallest error can be fatal. Each year on average one death and 30 lost time injuries occur as a result of electrocution in Western Australia. Although there are many different causes of electrocution, they have one thing in common – they could be prevented.

On 1 January 2009, changes to occupational safety and health regulations will come into effect that allow the testing and tagging of portable electrical equipment and portable RCD’s on construction and demolition sites to be undertaken by a competent person or a licensed electrician. 

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Frequently asked questions (effective 1 January 2009)

More frequently asked questions about electricity can be found here.

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