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Barnett Government must prioritise the ban on live electrical work



In light of the recent, tragic death of an electrician working in the roof space of a Yokine home, the WA Branch of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) are once again calling on the Barnett Government to deliver on the promised safety reforms that would see electrical work on energised installations prohibited, and require main switches to be turned off while work is undertaken in roof space.

The Minister for Commerce, Michael Mischin, announced the safety reforms and proposed changes to the regulations over seven months ago.

The amendments required to ensure the safety reforms, have been submitted to the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office for drafting, however they are yet to be tabled in State parliament.

ETU WA Branch President Greg Wilton expressed his concern at the lack of priority being given to these reforms by the Minister, and called on the Barnett Government to expedite the ban on live electrical work.

“I fail to understand why the Minister and the Barnett State Government is dragging its heels on what are a fairly straight forward set of amendments to the regulations, that have cross-industry support,” he said

“These are important safety reforms, and with every day the State Government delays tabling the new regulations in parliament, they are putting at risk the safety and welfare of those conducting electrical work in roof spaces.

“The Minister needs to give these reforms the priority they deserve in order to avoid any further tragedies.”

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