Unenclosed joints in insulated cables

During the 1970s and early 80s, joints in electrical cables in ceiling spaces of dwellings and buildings were often only wrapped in insulating tape. The insulating tape dries out over time and may have fallen away, presenting an electric shock risk to persons who enter the ceiling space.

Where a premise is found to contain unenclosed joints, the electrical contractor or electrician is to inform the owner or occupier of the situation and advise that remedial work is to be carried out. At that time, the electrical contractor or electrician will issue an advisory letter (provided by Building and Energy) to the owner or occupier, to advise the owner/occupier of the situation and associated hazards.

If the occupier is not the owner of the premise, the occupier is expected to hand the leaflet to the owner.

The electrical contractor will notify the network operator of the situation.

The onus is on the owner of the dwelling or building to have the remedial work carried out, using a licensed electrical contractor.

Building and Energy is committed to ensuring the ongoing safety of the public, industry and consumers and appreciates the support of electrical contractors and electricians in supporting this policy.

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