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ETU backs live electrical work ban

The Electrical Trades Union has welcomed an announcement by the State Government that live electrical work will be banned in WA.

The government will introduce laws to prevent work on energised installations, following a recommendation from safety watchdog EnergySafety.

"We have been calling for a ban on live electrical work for years," said ETU WA Branch Secretary Les McLaughlan.

"We believe that it is unsafe to perform work on any electrical equipment while it remains energised.

"There is nothing more important for our union than ensuring that every worker who goes to work returns home safely at the end of their shift."

Mr McLaughlan said the union had renewed its calls for the live ban earlier this year, after the death of two workers in an explosion at the Morley Galleria involving live equipment.

"These deaths were a tragedy and a terrible reminder of how dangerous live electrical work can be," he said.

"We are pleased that EnergySafety and the State Government are finally going to take action to ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again."

Mr McLaughlan believed the ban wouldn't significantly affect the price of electrical work.

"While we understand that shutting the electricity off will be a slight inconvenience to customers, we think the safety of workers must be put first," he said.

"Any costs associated with taking the time to shut down the power should be offset by the fact that workers will be able to do their work more quickly and efficiently without having to take all the precautions associated with live work."

Mr McLaughlan urged the government to draft the new legislation as a matter of urgency to ensure the safety of all electrical workers.

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