Powerline safety planning tool
Don’t put your life on the line. Before you get onsite, plan ahead and check the location of powerlines with our powerline safety planning tool.
Business owners, machinery operators, and other workers working near powerlines should take appropriate actions to work safely near powerlines.
Planning work near powerlines?
Our Powerline Safety Planning Tool can help you plan work near powerlines. This tool may help minimise contact and reduce the risk of injury or death from electrocution and damage to equipment and our electricity network. You can also download it as the Look up and Live app.
It's a simple tool to assist you to safely plan and/or perform work around the electricity network by providing:
- Overhead powerline locations and imagery via an interactive geospatial map
- Powerline safety guidelines, including powerline exclusion zones
- Options for planning or performing work e.g. powerline visual indicators
- Information on de-energisation or relocation of powerlines
- Safety advice and high load forms
- Dial Before You Dig enquiry.
View our short instructional video
You can scroll down to any part of the map or just type in where you want to go to. Once on site you can click and get all the property details. You can also then find out what voltages the powerlines are at. This one in particular was eleven thousand volts, and some low voltage there as well.
If you need more information now, and you want to get safety advice, it will then take you to the powerline owner. In this case, Ergon Energy’s website. You can fill out the form and complete the safety advice.
Also, if you want to do a Dial Before You Dig enquiry, click on Dial Before You Dig. It will take you the Dial Before You Dig enquiry page.
If you would now like to print out your plan of your construction site, you can write in what your construction site is. Press print. Then you will have a powerline safety plan giving you the scale, and legend, showing you there’s low voltage network. There are also high voltage powerlines there. And it will give you the exclusion zones around those powerlines to work safely.
At the top right-hand side, there’s lots more features for you to check out.
Hierarchy of hazard controls
Once powerline hazards are identified, consider the following hierarchy of hazard controls:
- De-energise overhead powerlines
- Relocation of overhead powerlines
- Install underground powerlines
- Placement of physical barriers to prevent encroachment
- Use of powerline visual indicators e.g. rota markers
- Appoint a safety observer
- Delineate and set up a safety observer area.
All machinery operators and other persons working near powerlines should be aware of and comply with the Electricity Entity Requirements: Working Near Overhead and Underground Electric Lines, safety acts and regulations.
We provide industry information on powerline safety tailored for your industry. You can order industry packs through our Brochure & sticker order form.