Working safe

Tiger tails

Tiger tails are synthetic tubes that are clipped together over powerlines to provide a useful visual indication of live overhead powerlines.

Tiger tails do not:

  • insulate wires
  • protect people from the risk of electrocution or electric shock
  • reduce safe approach distances
  • allow you to work closer to powerlines

Tiger tails must only be fitted to overhead powerlines by the electricity network operator (Ausgrid). The temporary covers must be visually inspected prior to commencing work each day and if they have moved, Ausgrid must be contacted to replace the cable covers in their correct position.

When working near overhead powerlines you will need to read and comply with WorkCover Code of Practice – Work near Overhead Powerlines and maintain the minimum safe approach distances defined in the code. If your task requires you to work within the safe approach distance you must contact Ausgrid to arrange for suitable controls to be installed.

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