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Energy Safety has issued an update on the public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems, issued on May 21.
EnergySafety
Media release
23 May 2014
Unfortunately there was an error in the media release headed “Warning issued on dangerous solar isolating switches” date May 21, 2014.
EnergySafety
Media release
22 May 2014
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems installed since January 1, 2012. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of all solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so electricians can work safely on the electrical installation of a home or business,” Mr...
EnergySafety
Media release
21 May 2014
EnergySafety’s investigations have found that the Parkerville fire started following the failure of a private power pole. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today that wiring insulation was damaged as the pole fell. “The insulation on the consumer wiring leaving the main switchboard that was attached to the pole was damaged as the pole fell,” he said. “This caused a short circuit in the...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Jan 2014
EnergySafety and Western Power inspectors are assisting police to investigate the death of a man in his early 70s at Ledge Point this morning. The man was believed to have been in his own roof space when he died. Inspectors have indicated at this stage it is unclear if electricity was involved. EnergySafety thoroughly investigates electricity and gas related incidents in WA with a view to...
EnergySafety
Media release
27 Dec 2013
A recent spate of serious incidents has prompted WorkSafe and Energy Safety to remind and warn people about the risks and consequences of working near overhead powerlines. This week, a crane operator at a building site in White Gum Valley swung his jib into an overhead 132kV powerline. The crane operator remained safe in the cab however WorkSafe and Energy Safety are investigating the incident...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 Sep 2013
The State Government has released new guidelines for the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bushfire-prone areas .
EnergySafety
Media release
24 May 2012
New guide aims to reduce the risk of LPG explosions The State Government has released new guidelines for the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bushfire-prone areas. Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the Government had developed the guidelines after EnergySafety testing found gas cylinders could explode if they fell over during a fire. The Keelty Report into the 2011 bushfires in the...
EnergySafety
Media release
24 May 2012
An inspection program ordered by Energy Safety of home solar installations in WA has uncovered some systems that were potentially unsafe. In the Energy Safety audit of 260 grid-connected systems, Western Power and Horizon Power inspectors found that 12 per cent had incorrect wiring which could pose a hazard. Energy Safety' s Director Ken Bowron said the defects were subject to orders to make them...
EnergySafety
Media release
23 Dec 2011
The Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron issued a reminder today that all residential rental properties must be fitted with at least two Residual Current Devices (RCDs) protecting power point and lighting circuits from 8 August 2011. Mr Bowron said installing RCDs in every rental property will significantly increase safety for all tenants. “After considerable discussion and negotiation with...
EnergySafety
Media release
01 Aug 2011
Energy Safety will not prosecute Western Power over the 29 December 2009 Toodyay bushfire. Confirming this today, the Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said there is insufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case that Western Power had contravened the Electricity (Supply Standards & System Safety) Regulations 2001. “The physical evidence essential to prove such a contravention was...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Apr 2011
The electrocutions of two men in Western Australia at the weekend were a tragedy which has dismayed the Government’s electricity regulatory authority. An elderly man received a fatal shock in his back yard and a second man died while working in the ceiling area of a home. “All EnergySafety staff join me in extending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of these men,” Director of...
EnergySafety
Media release
28 Feb 2011

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