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The full details of the incident that took place on the WA worksite can be found at the Worksafe website.
Since May 2018, work in a roof space of a Class 1, Class 2 or Class10a building, as classified under the Building Regulations 2012, must not be carried out unless the building’s electrical installation is de energised by a competent person.
This requirement is not just limited to electrical work and/or a particular electrical circuit. It applies to any type of work that involves being within the roof space of a house or domestic-type premises, and includes:
Electrical hazards are not always obvious. There are many electrical hazards that may pose a risk of electrocution to a worker within a roof space, such as:
Risks need to be managed to avoid contact with any energised service, apparatus or overhead electrical lines, supply cables or consumer mains. This includes making sure that:
Risks associated with heat, pests, asbestos and falls also need to be considered and evaluated before entering a domestic roof space.
Additional guidance on how to identify hazards and control risks when working in ceiling spaces can be found in Worksafe WA’s Guidance Note ‘Working Roof Spaces’.
Please remember that any electrical, plumbing or gas work should be carried out by a licensed professional.
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