Pause on all live work


26 March 2020

Ausgrid paused all live work on our network following the tragic death of one of our team last year.

We did this so we could review all tasks performed live and implement additional safety controls where necessary. We have a dedicated project team leading this project, and we are returning to live work progressively, in stages.

Project update

On 20 December 2019, appropriately authorised Ausgrid employees, contractors and Accredited Service Providers (ASPs) were able to resume overhead and extra low voltage (ELV) Stage 1 Live Work Tasks.

From 27 March 2020 substation and underground Stage 1 Live Work Tasks will also be able to resume for appropriately authorised Ausgrid employees, contractors and ASPs, with the required critical controls in place. These tasks are the:

  • Application and removal of temporary insulation to low voltage exposed conductors; 
  • Connection and disconnection of service and streetlighting conductors; and
  • Connection and disconnection of bolted conductor connections. 

A full list of allowable live work tasks for Stage 1 is in Appendix A  of the updated ESR.

We are continuing to progress the live work review and will share more information about Stage 2 Live Work Tasks soon.

We are grateful to our customers, the community and our people for their patience during this time.

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